Cellino's biggest hint yet as owner calls Redfearn a 'baby' and 'bad coach'

Neil Redfearn

The Leeds owner appears to have made his feelings on the 49-year-old clear.

Massimo Cellino has delivered his biggest hint yet that Neil Redfearn won't continue as Leeds United manager, according to the Daily Mirror.

In an explosive interview with the Mirror, the Leeds owner has accused Redfearn of a number of things, including being 'weak,' a 'baby' and a 'bad coach.'

Indeed, Cellino insists Redfearn has 'challenged' him through the Leeds support - but says he can only accept that challenge if the coach in question is a good one.

The 49-year-old's Leeds contract is soon up and the Italian appears in no way close to offering him a new deal.

The Yorkshire side's faithful have shown huge support towards Redfearn this season but the club's owner is clearly not in the same boat.

Cellino said: "Neil Redfearn does the [Leeds United fans’] salute. He challenged me. If you are good I can accept the challenge. But not if you are a bad coach.

"He wins two games and he disappears. He loses five games and he comes to me to ask my advice. Then he wins and disappears again.

"He has to respect the chairman. He has to respect the club. He’s like a baby. He’s been badly advised and used by someone. He is not a bad person but he has a weak personality."

Where to go from here, then? The very strong words (which included swearing earlier in the interview) suggest Redfearn no longer has a place at Leeds.

Whatever is felt about Cellino by the fans, he is in charge and the man with the power at Elland Road. And that leaves his first-team coach in an untenable position.

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