Leeds United caretaker boss Neil Redfearn reportedly wants his contract in place and his position confirmed before this weekend’s game against Cardiff City.
Redfearn has effectively been handed the head coach role at Leeds on a permanent basis, but is thought to be seeking assurances over the longevity of his position and whether he’ll go back to academy boss should his first team role not work out.
The latest update suggests he wants everything in place before the weekend, which makes sense as it removes the uncertainty that may still exist in the mind of the players as to why ‘Redders’ hasn’t already signed a contract.
The sticking point appears to be the finances involved, with Redfearn’s salary yet to be agreed.
The match against Cardiff is a huge one because Leeds haven’t won a game since the last time Redfearn was in control of the first team.
The aim for the Whites this season is promotion back up to the Premier League and they need to close the gap on the sides that currently hold play-off places as quickly as possible.
Redfearn is a popular choice with Leeds fans because of the free flowing and attacking football he encourages all of his players to display during high pressure and important games.
Redfearn can’t be blamed for wanting absolute certainty surrounding his position so that he can focus on training and driving results in the right direction for the side.
Some have suggested that he should have been appointed ahead of Darko Milanic in the first place and that Cellino should give him any assurance he wants in a long term contract to get cracking and moving towards the top flight.