Ken Bates comments on Leeds sacking of Milanic, Redfearn appointment

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Former Leeds owner Ken Bates was asked about the changes at the club.

Controversial former Leeds United owner Ken Bates has welcomed Neil Redfearn's soon-to-be permanent appointment as head coach.

Darko Milanic was fired from the position on Saturday, and Redfearn is expected to be confirmed as boss over the next 24 hours, revealing yesterday terms were almost in place.

Speaking to Radio Yorkshire, Bates was asked for his opinion on the dismissal, and role of Redfearn.

He said: "Well, he's (Cellino) appointed a man which he claimed had the right experience but obviously he couldn't translate it onto the field.

"I did think it was a bit unlucky on Neil Redfearn after initially managing four games, winning three and drawing one. I can only wish Neil all the best. He's a Leeds man through and through."

He went on to add that he felt Redfearn had an advantage over Darko Milanic, who was always likely to struggle, coming in from abroad mid-season.

"When appointed during the season you don't get a chance to get to know your players. He (Redfearn) had an advantage, he was number one at Thorp Arch on the youth team side. I think he is worthy of an extended run."

Redfearn won three of his four games as caretaker boss earlier this season, but faces a tough away trip to Cardiff City in his first game of this spell.

Leeds are only three points behind the Vincent Tan owned club, and can make big strides up the table with a win, which would bring a huge lift to their season, as Redfearn did when they previously needed it in August.

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