With each and every passing day, speculation on the Leeds United managerial candidates intensifies. A number of names have been mentioned in the media, but so far club owner Massimo Cellino has not made a decision.
However, all the uncertainty surrounding the Championship outfit does not seem to affect the team’s caretaker-manager, Neil Redfearn.
The 49-year-old has been part of Leeds’s academy for the past five-and-a-half years and was appointed the temporary boss of the first team following the dismissal of Dave Hockaday last month.
Redfearn himself is reported to be among the candidates to take over the managerial duties of one of the biggest clubs in England on a permanent basis.
The former Crystal Palace and Charlton Athletic midfielder, though, is not counting his chickens before they hatch, and insists that he is just focused on leading Leeds to victory in their next match against Birmingham City after the international break.
Redfearn has told the Yorkshire Evening Post that he has discussed the current managerial situation with Cellino and has been intimated to continue working until a permanent successor to Hockaday is found.
‘I’ve spoken with Massimo and the message was pretty simple - continue with what I’m doing, continue with my work and look after everything while he decides what he wants to do’, said the Englishman.
‘Birmingham will come round quickly and I’ll prepare the team properly for that game. They need to be set up and organised so that one way or another we go there in the best possible shape...
‘If someone else comes in before then, the new man has a team who are ready to go. That way it’s win-win. I’m not involved in (the search for a new coach) and Massimo’s going to take as much time as he needs. I’ll take care of everything for as long as he needs me to. He knows I’m happy to help’.
Redfearn led Leeds to victory in his first game in charge as the club’s caretaker-manager, as Bolton Wanderers were dispatched 1-0 at Elland Road. It was the Whites’ first win in four competitive matches and saw them move to six points from five games in the Championship.
Next up for the West Yorkshire club is a clash against Birmingham away from home on Saturday, September 13.