Love is being a football president at Leeds

Massimo Cellino
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Leeds president Massimo Cellino says he is “in love with” head coach Neil Redfearn but is yet to hold talks with him on his future.

Cellino is back at Elland Road following the end of his League ban but admits he is undecided on whether former academy manager Redfearn will remain in his current role next season.

“I need to decide whether Neil is best for the club and can lead us back to the Premier League,” said Cellino. “I am in love with Neil and I don’t want to talk to anyone else about the job. I have always believed in him and I gave him his big chance. I made sure he had a clause guaranteeing he would pick the team because I don’t want a coach I control. If my coach is working in the right direction, I will treat him better than anyone else in the world. I have made a lot of mistakes in my life and I don’t want to have this.”

Redfern wants to continue in the job but is seeking assurances from Cellino, including the return of assistant Steve Thompson, who was suspended without explanation last month in the Italian’s absence from the club.

Meanwhile Skipper Alan Dunne will end his 22-year association with Millwall this summer as one of 18 players released by manager Neil Harris. Dunne is joined by fellow first-teamers Nicky Bailey, Matthew Briggs, Richard Chaplow, Ricardo Fuller, Carlos Edwards, Magaye Gueye, Justin Hoyte, Stefan Maierhofer, Angel Martinez, Danny Shittu and Martyn Woolford as casualties of Harris’ clear-out.

Youngsters Dylan Casey, Sofiane El-Bekri, Denzel Gerrar, Jake Goodman, Josh Siafa and Callum Webb have also been released.