Leeds boss Milanic confirms Redfearn absence - how much will he be missed against Rotherham?

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Leeds United manager Darko Milanic confirmed that Neil Redfearn won't be in the dugout with him against Rotherham United.

It's fair to say that Darko Milanic is still finding his feet as Leeds United boss. The former Slovenian international was handed the manager's job at Elland Road after the sacking of Dave Hockaday, with owner Massimo Cellino seemingly convinced that his work in Austria with Sturm Graz was sufficient enough to manage in the Championship.

Yet his start to life in Yorkshire has seen him draw twice and lose once, scoring only one goal in the process as he looks for his first win in charge of the Whites.

The international break will have given him time to adjust to life in England, but he's been handed something of a blow ahead of Friday night's clash against Yorkshire rivals Rotherham United, with Neil Redfearn set to miss the game.

Redfearn was the caretaker manager after Hockaday's departure, and has been working alongside Milanic to help him transition to English football - but with his role with the Leeds United academy, he can't travel with the club to the New York Stadium.

"He will not be with us as he has a lot of work to do with the academy," admitted Milanic in his press conference today.

It's tough to truly know how much input Redfearn has at the moment, particularly after Cellino's comments this week, which suggested that he has as much of a say as Milanic.

"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.

With Milanic still getting through the language barrier, the presence of Redfearn is great for communication and even knowledge of a club like Rotherham - who Milanic said he had never heard of before moving to Leeds - would help the cause, leaving Leeds with a big hole on the bench on Friday.

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