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Leeds head coach Neil Redfearn aims to shield his players from continued speculation over the club's future ownership following reports of a takeover bid by drinks company Red Bull.

Leeds head coach Neil Redfearn aims to shield his players from continued speculation over the club's future ownership following reports of a takeover bid by drinks company Red Bull.

Club president Massimo Cellino has denied he is ready to sell his controlling 75 per cent stake at Elland Road, but has confirmed he held talks with Red Bull representatives last week.

The Italian businessman is open to offers of investment from the Formula One giant, it has been reported, but is unwilling to walk away from the club he bought from Gulf Finance House Capital in April.

Red Bull is keen to take full control and want to press on with a £55million takeover, it is understood, while Redfearn, who signed a rolling 12-month contract to replace Darko Milanic on Saturday, wants to focus only on footballing matters.

"The speculation is what it is, if it's there it's there, but from the playing point of view it's irrelevant," Redfearn told a press conference ahead of Tuesday's home league game against his former club Charlton.

"It's what we do day to day on the training ground and how we work.

"Nothing's changed up at Thorp Arch and nothing's changed from the fact that tonight we've got a game and on Saturday we've got a game.

"We've got to work to those ends. We can't worry too much about what's happening in and around the football club, that's sorted out by other people.

"So we've got to concentrate on the football, we've got to make sure the football is right and it's important for me to make sure the players are focussed on training for every game."

Redfearn, who spent a season at Charlton as a player following a £1million move from Barnsley in 1998, hopes to name his new assistant in the near future.

The former Leeds academy boss, who has the option of reverting back to his old job in 12 months, added: "That's still on-going.

"I spoke to somebody who I've got in mind and Massimo is aware of the fact that I need some help as well."


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