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Leeds boss sends a clear message to the club's hierarchy

Leeds' head coach was once again asked about his future on Friday afternoon.

Leeds United boss Neil Redfearn has sent a clear message to the club's hierarchy, according to BBC Radio Leeds.

The 49-year-old has been discussing his Elland Road future and admits the signs have been good of late - he has been asked to look at pre-season destinations and so forth.

But Redfearn has made it clear he needs to be given the 'green light' by the Leeds board and only then can he truly start planning for next season.

That, the Leeds boss says, is as imperative for the club itself as it is him.

And you can't fault the logic there for, if the Yorkshire side aren't planning to keep him on, they'd similarly be better off letting everyone know sooner rather than later.

He said: "My contract runs out in the summer. There's a decision to be made. If it's made sooner rather than later, it's better for me and the club because we can start to plan forward then.

"Pre-season's a really important time for me. It's the time when you put everything in place.

"Pre-season can be a really good time for us. I've got some ideas of where I want to go and how I want to develop the squad. But, obviously, I need the green light."

When asked to expand, the 49-year-old revealed he has held positive talks with owner Massimo Cellino but used the phrase 'green light' twice more.

Clearly, that's all Redfearn needs before he can start planning fully for next season - and things look as though they are slowly but surely heading towards that conclusion.

Whatever happens, though, Leeds fans will no doubt hope Cellino isn't hiding another Darko Milanic or Dave Hockaday up his sleeve - just when things are starting to click at Elland Road. Although that would hardly be a surprise considering the Italian's track record...

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