Leeds boss Redfearn confirms assistant decision is made, transfer update

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Leeds United head coach says he has the green light on his choice of assistant, and is keen to bring in new players.

Leeds United head coach Neil Redfearn has confirmed he hopes to be able to announce his choice of assistant this week. 

After more than a week in the role as permanent boss, Redfearn has been attempting to secure an assistant to work under him, but such decisions can take time.

Speaking after Leeds' 3-1 win over Blackpool, he said that a decision has finally been approved, pending a club announcement and official paperwork.

He told BBC Radio Leeds: "We've got the green light, hopefully by after the weekend it'll be all sorted out and I'll be able to tell you who it is."

Redfearn is reluctant to announce beforehand who his assistant could be, in case the deal falls through. The complexity of the appointment could be added to if his choice is currently working at a club and needs to negotiate his exit.

Should he declare his choice prematurely, it would leave the next option in the awkward position of it being known he was not the first in line.

He seems confident however, and Redfearn went onto add that he refused to rule out bringing in new signings over the coming weeks.

Citing the need for a strong bench, despite Leeds having a large squad, Redfearn is of the belief that teams they have faced in recent weeks have had stronger options, and would consider bringing in new faces.

"Possibly, because I think these lads need some help. I think that we looked stronger from the bench today, when you can bring Rudy Austin on, it makes a difference.

"That's no disrespect to any of the other lads who have been, but other people we have played in recent games have had strong benches, it's a real 17 man game now its not just an 11."

It shows he doesn't have much confidence in the likes of Luke Murphy and Michael Tonge to contribute, but whether he can get the type of player he desires in on the loan market is another matter.

Premier League sides are most amenable to loaning out young players, which Leeds have plenty of at the moment; they may just have to take a gamble of a more experienced star who has not been playing much at his club, if they can find one.

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