Leeds United director Edoardo Cellino has expressed his belief that should sack happy owner Massimo Cellino decide to dispense with the services of Neil Redfearn as first team coach, he will be able to return to work with the club’s academy, as reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post.
Redfearn is expected to be appointed as head coach in the next few days, following the sacking of Darko Milanic, who lasted only 32 days at the helm.
Milanic was sacked very shortly after Leeds’s 2-1 loss to Wolves on Saturday.
Given Cellino’s track record, both in Italy and since he took charge of Leeds, there have been fears about what would happen to Redfearn, should Cellino decided to pull the trigger on the former Barnsley player.
Redfearn has been doing a notably excellent job with the club’s academy, bringing through the likes of Sam Byram, Alex Mowatt and Lewis Cook in the last three seasons.
Edoardo Cellino has, however, said that he believes Redfearn will be able to continue working with the youth, should a first team job not work out.
He said: “Even if him and my father fall [out], he can go back to the Academy.
“He is doing a great job there.
“We’ll see how he is doing with the first team.”