Salerno discusses Massimo Cellino's 'bad' relationship with Neil Redfearn

Neil Redfearn

Nicola Salerno says Massimo Cellino's relationship with Neil Redfearn changed in the final weeks of the season.

Departing Leeds sporting director Nicola Salerno has opened up on Massimo Cellino's relationship with Neil Redfearn in an interview with Sky Sports.

Leeds confirmed that Salerno had left the club earlier today, stating that the Italian's contract had been terminated by mutual consent.

After just over a year at Elland Road, Salerno is now on his way out of the club - but has spoken to Sky Sports about his time in West Yorkshire.

In an interview with Sky Sports, Salerno spoke about the relationship between club president Cellino and former manager Redfearn, who left the club at the end of last season.

Redfearn fared well in charge of Leeds but left under a cloud after Cellino called him 'a baby' during an interview with the Daily Mirror.

Now, Salerno has revealed that Cellino and Redfearn did originally have a good relationship - but that all changed towards the end of the Championship season.

"Redfearn did a good job at Leeds but I don’t know if Massimo agrees with me," said Salerno. "Massimo had a good relationship with Neil all season, but then with two months to go, I went back to Italy. Then their relationship became bad. It was only Massimo’s decision to sack Neil, he didn’t speak to me about it. It was always his decision to change coaches, he never asked me," he added.

Redfearn deserved better

Having previously overseen the youth team at Elland Road, Redfearn stepped in after the departures of David Hockaday and then Darko Milanic, steadying the ship before taking the job on a permanent basis back in November.

Redfearn fought through squad injuries and the sacking of his assistant Steve Thompson, achieving a mid-table finish in difficult circumstances.

Yet, how was he rewarded? By being replaced with Uwe Rosler, though Redfearn did later tell the Yorkshire Evening Post that he would return to the club to assist the youth setup again.

Redfearn wasn't treated well by Cellino, but the hope now is that the duo can again form a working relationship, and push Leeds in the right direction again.

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