'Darko is not the manager' - Cellino on Redfearn-Milanic partnership

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Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino has suggested there is no one person in complete control of the first team at Elland Road.

Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino has dismissed the notion that Neil Redfearn could have a counter productive effect on what Darko Milanic is trying to achieve.

A report from the Yorkshire Evening Post has suggested that Redfearn will be given more involvement with the first team ahead of the game against Rotherham United this Friday.

Leeds fans will be delighted with the news due to the success that ‘Redders’ had during his brief spell as caretaker manager and the owner has dismissed the notion that it’s a bad idea.

“The coaches must work together. Darko is not the manager, he’s one of a team, and Neil is one of the team too. Neil is part of the environment,” said Cellino.

Some coaches in Redfearn’s situation would see this incentive as a chance to enhance and progress their own individual career aims but fortunately for Leeds, Redders has a little too much common sense for that.

His best asset is his management and skill when working with younger players and academy stars trying to break into the first team.

He won’t tread on Milanic’s toes, with the Slovenian tasked with controlling and trying to get the best out of the first team squad at his disposal.

Where Redfearn will most likely have the biggest effect with the first team will be dealing with the younger players during difficult periods where they may be injured or part of the team during a patch of negative results.

It makes sense for him to step in and have a positive impact on those younger players when doubt and negative feelings start to creep in, which can have a direct knock on effect.

Milanic has never said he’ll exclude Redfearn or has criticised his presence around the first team, insisting that he’ll turn to him when he needs some guidance and advice.

The YEP report suggests Redfearn could be given more control to try and dismiss interest from York City who reportedly want him as manager, but don’t expect him to change too much about the way he’s currently doing things.

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