Redfearn responds to suggestion that he could leave Leeds for Barnsley

Neil Redfearn

Neil Redfearn has played down talk of him leaving Leeds United to become Barnsley manager.

Barnsley today confirmed that manager Danny Wilson had left the club, with the Tykes down in 17th place in the League One table.

Wilson was appointed back in December 2013, replacing David Flitcroft in the Oakwell dugout, but couldn't stop Barnsley from being relegated from the Championship.

Now, with Barnsley underwhelming this season, Wilson has paid the price for six defeats in the last ten games, although the other were wins.

Barnsley are seven points off the play-offs and seven points clear of the relegation zone, so their season really could go either way depending on their next appointment.

Former Brentford and Wigan boss Uwe Rosler is the early favourite with bookmakers, but former Barnsley midfielder Neil Redfearn has also been mentioned.

The current Leeds boss made his name with Barnsley, playing over 300 times for the club during the 90's, but told the Yorkshire Evening Post that he has no interest in leaving Leeds for a return to their Yorkshire rivals.

"I really respect the position here and the opportunity I’ve been given," said Redfearn.  "This is a massive club, the club I supported as a boy. It’s not the same club I supported as a boy because time obviously changes clubs but it’s still Leeds United and it still stands for being a big club."

"There are lots of people here who’ve put hard work into getting the club into a better position. I respect that and I’m enjoying my time here, I’m enjoying the fact that I’m working with players, kids from the academy, that I spent a lot of time working on and I’m enjoying them being in the first team and progressing as players. I’m enjoying what I’m doing," he added.

It was always going to be difficult trying to tempt a Championship manager into moving to a struggling League One club, but Redfearn's association with Barnsley sparked the rumour - which the Leeds boss has now shot down.

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