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Neil Redfearn very appreciative of Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino

Leeds United’s caretaker-manager Neil Redfearn hails club owner Massimo Cellino.

Neil Redfearn does not know if he will be kept on as the Leeds United manager on a permanent basis, but he is ready to do his best until a final decision is made.

The 49-year-old Englishman was put in temporary charge of the first team by club owner Massimo Cellino following the dismissal of Dave Hockaday last month.

Redfearn is among a number of candidates for the Leeds job, but he is not thinking too far ahead and is willing to do whatever he is asked to by Cellino, for whom he has massive respect.

Speaking to BBC Radio Leeds on Monday, Redfearn gave his assessment of his Italian boss in glowing terms.

‘I speak to Massimo’, he said. ‘We talk about everything. He talks about players and systems and teams, who is doing well, who is injured and who is coming back.

‘He is a knowledgeable guy and he is a really enthusiastic guy. He loves his football... He wants to do well for the club and I want to help him.

‘What he has achieved at Cagliari is some achievement in that type of football and that type of environment. He knows about players and knows about getting players in – we have to go respect that’.

Cellino’s arrival at Leeds was initially met with scepticism, and there are still some doubts on whether his plans for the club are sustainable.

The Italian entrepreneur’s appointment of Hockaday as the Leeds manager did not help his cause either. The 56-year-old had been in charge of just one club before - Forest Green Rovers – and he was sacked after just over two months at Elland Road.

Cellino is very passionate about football and knows how to run a club – after all, he was in charge of Cagliari not so long ago. Perhaps he needs some time to get everything into place at Leeds.

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