Neil Redfearn bites his lip and goes back to old job at Leeds United

Neil Redfearn is to return to his role as academy director at Leeds United.
Neil Redfearn is to return to his role as academy director at Leeds United.
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Neil Redfearn has opted to return to his former role as the head of Leeds’ academy after being overlooked for the head coach’s role.

The 49-year-old, who had spells at Barnsley, Doncaster Rovers and Stocksbridge Park Steels, guided Leeds to Championship safety last season yet came in for a barrage of criticism from owner Massimo Cellino.

The Italian branded Redfearn “weak” and called him a “baby” and then appointed Uwe Rosler as boss. Even though executive director Adam Pearson said Redfearn’s old position in charge of the academy was open to him, it appeared highly unlikely he would accept it owing to Cellino’s comments about him.

But he is going back to his former job on July 1. “My contract had said that if I wasn’t offered the (head) coaching job, then I will go back to being the academy manager,” he said. That is what will be happening and I will go back on the first of July, as it stands at the moment. “I’ve had a bit of interest from other people, but I am a fair way into this now (academy role).”