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Tuesday 22 August 2017

Redfearn's 'very close' to getting Leeds job

Neil Redfearn continues to wait to sign a contract to be the third permanent Leeds boss of the season but says he is "very close" to doing so.

The 49-year-old (pictured) has been the man-in-waiting to replace the sacked Darko Milanic since the Slovenian was dispensed with on Saturday, but talks with controversial president Massimo Cellino have yet to yield a contract.

Stepping up from his secure role with the club's academy is seen as a dangerous move for the club's perennial caretaker, owing to Cellino's propensity to fire coaches. He sacked 36 in 22 years with Cagliari and has seen off three in five months at Leeds.

Redfearn was asked to return to the dugout when Milanic bit the dust after only 32 days and is preparing the side for Saturday's game at Cardiff but, as things stand, he does not know if that will be in a caretaker or full-time capacity.

"It's very close," the former Barnsley midfielder said.

"I had a good chat with Massimo yesterday and we went through one or two things. It's not that far away.

"I wanted some assurances from the conversations I had, where he saw me at the club and the club going forward. He said I was the future and I wanted to know if that was still the case. He said 'you are'. I wanted the contract to reflect certain things.

"It seems to be shorter here (a coach's life) but you can spend the rest of your life wondering. You have to go on and make things happen and be positive."

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