Three experienced Leeds outcasts even more likely to leave after Redfearn appointment

Neil Redfearn's imminent appointment as permanent Leeds United boss could force three players out of Elland Road.

Controversial Italian owner Massimo Cellino has already dispatched of three managers during his time at Elland Road, with Darko Milanic following David Hockaday and Brian McDermott out of the club.

Slovenian Milanic was only appointed at the end of September as the replacement for Hockaday, but he lasted just 32 days before Cellino wielded his axe again after the 2-1 defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday.

In truth, it seems that Cellino has realised his initial mistake - he didn't appoint Neil Redfearn.

Redfearn took temporary charge of Leeds after Hockaday's departure, and won three of his four games in the dugout before Milanic came in and went six games without a win.

Redfearn is now finally set to take the job on a permanent basis, and whilst it's clear that Redfearn is well liked by the Leeds players, three experienced players are surely set for the exit.

Firstly, midfielder Michael Tonge, 31, has been on the fringes of the side this season, featuring just three times so far. The former Sheffield United star was brought to Elland Road by Neil Warnock, but doesn't appear to be in the plans anymore.

His fellow midfielder David Norris has played just once this season, against Bradford City in the Capital One Cup, and that was his first game in a year, whilst 31-year-old striker Noel Hunt hasn't played at all - which isn't surprising given that he didn't even score one goal last season.

All over 30, the trio look unlikely to feature under Redfearn given his affinity with the youth players at Elland Road. The likes of Lewis Cook, Chris Dawson and Brian Montenegro figure to play increased roles under Redfearn, who put his faith in youth during his temporary spell in charge earlier this season.

That leaves Tonge, Norris and Hunt in the footballing wilderness - and it's becoming increasingly clear that all three need to leave Leeds.

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