'Great coach' - Leeds United duo Cook and Mowatt praise caretaker manager Redfearn

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Leeds United duo Alex Mowatt and Lewis Cook have given their backing to caretaker boss Neil Redfearn.

Neil Redfearn has a chance to stake his claim for a permanent role as Leeds manager this weekend, when he oversees their match against Birmingham in a caretaker capacity.

With one win under his belt already against Bolton Wanderers, owner Massimo Cellino has for now at least granted Redfearn time to show what he can do.

The 49-year-old spoke this week discussing the huge talent at the club, which he has helped bring through in his roles as academy and reserve team manager.

He has clear admiration for the talent at the club, and the feeling is mutual, with two stars he has helped in their career considerably, having positive words to say about him.

Breakthrough talent Lewis Cook told Leeds United TV: "He's coached us for a while, brought me through, the under-18s, 21s, and (to the) first team.

"He's a great coach, he knows us really well, so its a lot easier to work with him."

Alex Mowatt had similarly kind words about Redfearn to contribute: "I've been with him since the under-16s, working up as well.

"I wasn't playing lately and he's put me back in, so ive got to be thankful for that."

The pair's comments illustrate that Redfearn has knowledge which sets him apart from external candidates, who may not so immediately recognise the academy talent or know how to get the best out of them.

While it may be slightly predictable the duo would have kind words to say about the current boss, their comments are no less valid, and their message could play an important part in Cellino's decision, if results on the pitch can match the praise.

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