Neil Redfearn has revealed that he has been assured by club owner Massimo Cellino that he will be given the Leeds United managerial job on a full-time basis.
The 49-year-old has held verbal talks with the Italian entrepreneur, and it seems that the duo have come to an understanding.
‘I had a meeting with Massimo’, the Englishman told The Yorkshire Evening Post. ‘Nothing has been put down in concrete and I just wanted to see how he saw it and how he viewed me going forward’.
‘If I am going to be here for the long haul and I don’t mind committing myself for the long term, then the club has got to commit itself to me’, added Redfearn. ‘From the role I am going to take on now, then the contract needs to match the role I am taking on'.
It is clear that Redfearn wants the Leeds job, but it seems that he also wants assurances that he will not be sacked after a few games.
And that is the way going forward. Cellino was previously reported as saying that he has a two-year plan to take Leeds back to the Premier League, and he needs to stick to Redfearn if he wants to fulfil those objectives.
Cellino has already sacked two managers, and perhaps rightly so. But getting rid of managers when results do not improve is not the answer to all solutions.
Leeds may not get into the top six of the Championship this season, and Cellino should judge Redfearn on the progress he makes with the team and how he builds up for next season.
Redfearn knows the current team thoroughly and has the back of the fans. Despite his unbeaten record as the interim-manager earlier this season (click here to read more), there is no guarantee that he will be a success as a full-time boss.
However, for Leeds to progress and retain their Premier League ambitions, Cellino needs to maintain faith in Redfearn.