Leeds United caretaker-manager Neil Redfearn has revealed his recent discussions with club owner Massimo Cellino about his long-term future at the club.
The Englishman has been put in charge of the first team following the dismissal of Darko Milanic on Saturday. Redfearn has yet to sign a contract with Leeds, but he has revealed that he is close to doing so.
During a press conference on Thursday, the 49-year-old confirmed that he has been assured by Cellino that he will be given the job on a full-time basis.
Redfearn, who has been in charge of the Leeds academy since 2009 and has been the caretaker-manager on a number of occasions since, has also given an insight into his relationship with the Italian entrepreneur.
Redfearn: "I had a good chat with Massimo yesterday. He told me I am the future of the club." #lufc— Leeds United FC (@LUFC) October 30, 2014
Redfearn says he wants to be "here for the long term". #lufc— Leeds United FC (@LUFC) October 30, 2014
Redfearn on the possibility of taking the job: "It's a massive honour. This is a massive football club, it's got a great tradition." #lufc— Leeds United FC (@LUFC) October 30, 2014
Redfearn says Massimo Cellino sees him in charge for "the long haul" but admits results will be the most important thing. #lufc— Leeds United FC (@LUFC) October 30, 2014
Redfearn on President Massimo Cellino: "I like him, I like his views & how he thinks about football. We get on well." #lufc— Leeds United FC (@LUFC) October 30, 2014
Redfearn says he can see a "bigger picture & where the owner is trying to take the club". #lufc— Leeds United FC (@LUFC) October 30, 2014
Redfearn confirmed that an agreement is in place for him to return to the academy if it doesn't work out as head coach. #lufc— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) October 30, 2014
#lufc Redfearn says it's a rolling 1 year contract he is negotiating with Cellino.— Adam Pope (@APOPEY) October 30, 2014
Redfearn on his #lufc future :"I'm prepared to sacrifice myself to this football club because I can see the bigger picture getting better."— Adam Pope (@APOPEY) October 30, 2014
It seems that Redfearn has been given assurances over his long-term future by Cellino, but would the Italian not pull the trigger if results do not improve?
Let’s wait and watch.