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Robbie Savage: Leeds won't go down - but they won't finish in the top six either

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The former Premier League midfielder turned BBC pundit says he 'feels sorry' for Leeds and thinks survival is their realistic target under Neil Redfearn.

Robbie Savage has become the latest pundit to give his verdict on Leeds United's current situation.

The Championship club recently sacked Darko Milanic after just 32 days in charge, with Neil Redfearn all but having taken over as his replacement.

And Savage says he 'feels sorry' for Leeds fans considering the way owner Massimo Cellino is treating managers at Elland Road. He does, however, believe they will stay up this season.

Ambitious calls for a promotion push under Redfearn, though, are over the top, the Welshman believes.

"I have not forgotten that Leeds fans pelted me with hot-dogs when I was working as an on-pitch TV pundit at Emirates Stadium before an FA Cup tie against Arsenal in January 2012. Despite that, I still feel sorry for them with the managerial circus that is going on at Elland Road right now," Savage wrote in his weekly BBC Sport Column.

"I had a great call from a young Leeds fan on 606 on BBC Radio 5 live on Saturday, who said that he still thinks they can finish in the top six in the Championship with Redfearn in charge.

"But, realistically, survival has to be the target for Leeds. To achieve that, stability has to be the main aim for Redfearn and Cellino. 

"I don't think Leeds will go down but it is sad to see such a massive club with a great history and a fantastic fanbase face such an uncertain future. The only way that is going to change is if Cellino gives Redfearn time."

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