Neil Redfearn confirms no Leeds talks with Cellino

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Caretaker boss Neil Redfearn has admitted that he and Massimo Cellino have not discussed the possibility of him taking over full-time.

The Whites academy coach has overseen one game in his tenure as caretaker, navigating a tough tie with Bolton to a 1-0 victory - less that 48 hours after Dave Hockaday’s sacking.

He is set to be in charge this weekend, with Leeds traveling to Birmingham, and may well continue in his role for a number of weeks, with Cellino no closer to appointing a full-time head coach.

First choice target Oscar Garcia accepted a move to Watford rather than Elland Road, and, although a number of high-profile targets have thrown their names in for consideration - with former stars Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Robbie Fowler keen - Cellino admitted that he could not see ‘anyone better’ than 49-year old Redfearn.

Whilst Cellino's vote of confidence may give Redfearn hope that the job will be his on a permanent basis - having overseen Leeds during three separate caretaker spells - he admitted to the Yorkshire Evening Post that he and Cellino had yet to talk about anything concrete, with the subject matter left firmly in the back of their minds.

The club legend said: "As daft as it seems, we haven’t [spoken about it].

“It might sound a bit crass but all we’ve spoken about is players and the next game coming up. It’s always been short-term, which is fine by me.

“That’s where I’m at and that’s where the club are at. The president’s got a big decision to make so with regards to myself, it’s the status quo, it’s as you were. I’m looking after things for him.

“I’ve spoken to him about half-a-dozen times and all the conversations were based around football. He wants to talk about players, systems and so on.

“He’s interested and he’s got good knowledge. I’m not just saying that because he’s my boss. He is my boss but the bottom line is that he really does.”

With all the rumours circulating about who will be the next head coach, Redfearn has stoically worked on, acting as a true professional to see the club through their rough patch.

"At the moment I’m looking after the side and there’s no pressure with that. Massimo’s looking for a new head coach and I’m trying to help out by putting the club in a position where it’s better all round when [an appointment] happens. That’s how I’m viewing it.

“I don’t think I have to manage. At some point there’s a chance I’ll manage somewhere but there’s no pressure on me to do that. If you love football and you’re involved in football then you get enjoyment out of it.

“You don’t have to put pressure on yourself to take on a certain role. If the circumstances are right and that’s the way you want to go then why not? But my role here hasn’t changed.”

Redfearn takes his side to Birmingham at the perfect time, with the Blues sitting two places lower than the Whites in 20th, having lost 4-0 to Wigan prior to the international break. It could be the perfect game for the 49-year old to make himself the prime candidate for the full-time role at Elland Road.

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