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Chairman says Redfearn's ticked a box, compares Leeds coach to Carver

Leeds United's chairman has compared Leeds head coach Neil Redfearn's situation to Newcastle United boss John Carver and West Ham's Sam Allardyce.

The future of Leeds United head coach Neil Redfearn looks increasingly uncertain, after chairman Andrew Umbers refused to guarantee his future in a revealing interview with the Yorkshire Evening Post.

Speaking to Phil Hay in a rare face to face discussion with the media, Umbers was given numerous chances to give his backing to Redfearn, but declined to do so.

Keen to stress it would be Massimo Cellino who makes the final decision on Redfearn's future, Umbers could barely praise the job the head coach had done.

He said: "Look, Neil has got us into a position of safety in the Championship. When you judge someone on performance, that’s a tick in the box."

There were perhaps ominous signs earlier in the interview when Redfearn was compared to Newcastle's John Carver and West Ham's Sam Allardyce. The pair are two of the current favourites to be next manager sacked in the Premier League, along with Manchester City's Manuel Pellegrini according to Oddschecker.

"I don’t think anything is designed to undermine Neil Redfearn. Neil is first-team coach, he’s no different to John Carver, Sam Allaryce or Mark Warburton - all of whom are going to the end of the season to renegotiate their contracts. He’s no different to that."

Mark Warburton, the Brentford boss is expected to leave in the summer with The Mail reporting just a day ago that the Bees are lining up Gianfranco Zola as a replacement.

Despite Umbers' good intentions to be open, he simply left more uncertainty regarding Redfearn, who owner Massimo Cellino said in Simon Austin, covered on his blog and by Inside Futbol, that he had a big decision to make this summer and could make no promises at this stage regarding the popular head coach. 

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