Cellino suggests Redfearn will not return to the Leeds academy if sacked

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The Leeds owner has shown his ruthless side during an interview with a national newspaper.

Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino has appeared to suggest that Neil Redfearn will not return to his previous role at the academy if he does not continue as first-team coach, according to the Daily Mirror.

As the Mirror suggest, the 49-year-old was 'led to believe' he would return to the academy if his job as manager did not work out.

And yet, when asked about a potential solution, Cellino responded abruptly - hinting that there may not be any need for Redfearn at the Yorkshire club: “We already have two coaches for the young players.”

More generally, Cellino continued his attack on the coach, who he thinks has tried to turn the Leeds fans against him.

Using strong language, the Italian suggested he is willing to stand and fight to prove his 'love' for the Elland Road outfit.

This all follows on from a bizarre press conference on Thursday afternoon that lasted more than an hour.

Cellino explained: "F*** me, what kind of chairman have you got? He tried to play the fans against me to keep his place.

"Do you think that Neil Redfearn loves Leeds more than me? Tell me why I am in Leeds, why am I so involved with the club? Why am I putting in a lot of money, killing myself? Because I fell in love with this club. But to love this club is to do something for this club."

All of the above paints a worrying picture for Redfearn fans, of course, as the 49-year-old does not appear as though he will continue as Leeds United manager. Or, if Cellino's hint is anything to go by, at the club's academy.

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