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Redfearn: What Cellino told me in conversations before his ban

Leeds United manager Neil Redfearn has confirmed that he has positive discussions with Massimo Cellino before his ban kicked in.

Leeds United manager Neil Redfearn revealed in an interview with BBC Radio Leeds what Massimo Cellino told him in meetings before the Italian’s ban.

Cellino is currently away from the club and won’t return before the end of the season, with Redfearn’s future set to be reviewed in the summer.

The boss seems confident that he’ll keep his job based on the conversations he has with the president in exile.

“I am hoping so. The conversations I have had with Massimo (Cellino) before his ban were good,” said Redfearn.

“He likes the idea of the kids being in and the overseas lads integrating quite well. There has been a lot of positives and pluses and he knows that.”

“In a short space of time, you are hoping things are put in place and things will get addressed as possible so that we can move on.”

The kids are arguably the biggest advantage that Leeds have going for them at the moment.

Redfearn has done superbly to create a situation where younger players have been able to slot into the first team and genuinely compete for first team places and playing time.

The impact made by the likes of Lewis Cook and Alex Mowatt has even seen them called up to the England youth team ranks.

The foreign signings have posed Redfearn with greater problems because to a degree, he doesn’t have direct control over the player who come into the club.

He’s relying on the recruitment team at Leeds to do their job, but he has worked signings into the side effectively, with the likes of Mirco Antenucci and Marco Silvestri having a big impact this season.

Hopefully when, or if, Cellino returns in the future, the conversations he has with Redfearn are equally positive and the manager gets the chance to build on the work he’s done so far.

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