NEIL REDFEARN labelled Leeds United chairman Massimo Cellino “childish” and urged the Italian to “grow up” after revealing he was declined a car parking pass for today’s trip to Elland Road.
Rotherham United head coach Redfearn looked on as his Millers side recorded a 1-0 victory on his return to Leeds for the first time since his resignation in July after the break down in his relationship with Cellino.
Former Whites head coach Redfearn’s contract gave him the right to return to his old job as the head of Leeds’ academy but he resigned from that role, claiming the atmosphere around him had made his position “untenable”.
He and Cellino agreed a financial settlement soon after and have not spoken since and Redfearn confirmed rumours that Leeds had refused to give him a car parking pass for today’s visit from Rotherham.
Asked if those reports were true, Redfearn said: “Yes. It’s very childish and he (Cellino) needs to grow up.
Asked where he parked instead, Redfearn quipped: “Batley. I’m getting the bus back. But I managed to get a space somewhere else.
“I learnt it yesterday but what happened is (fitness coach) Paul Warne drove my car in and parked it under his name so they’re not that clever are they?”
Redfearn was also asked about how he feels about his Whites exit four months on and admitted: “It’s been tough.
“It hasn’t been handled well from Leeds United’s point of view without going into any great detail and that’s not me telling you something that you don’t know.
“I think every man knows and it’s common knowledge that it’s been handled terribly.”
But asked if his bitter exit from Elland Road had soured his opinion of the club, Redfearn said simply: “Not at all towards Leeds United. It’s one man and that’s his problem.”
Leeds say Rotherham, in line with every away club, were allocated six car park spaces.
United say Rotherham requested a seventh for Redfearn but were told the six were theirs to distribute as they saw fit.
Joe Newell’s second-half header sealed the victory was much-needed for Redfearn as he had taken just one point from his opening six games and seen his side drift five points from safety.
It was a feisty encounter which both sides ended with 10 men as Leon Best and Gaetano Berardi saw red for an off-the-ball incident.
Redfearn admitted the win was extra special after the turbulent time he endured at Elland Road last season.
“This is sweet. It was a real battling performance and I thought we wanted it more than Leeds today.
“When it mattered we wanted it more than them and that was apparent.”
Leeds boss Steve Evans was also coming up against his former club as he met the Millers for the first time since his September exit.
It was not such a sweet day for him as he saw his new side miss several chances to earn a point, notably through Mirco Antenucci and Chris Wood.
“I don’t think we lacked application or effort, it looked like we lacked quality around the box,” Evans said.
“We are not going to hide behind a performance that was down from the last two games.
“It hurts, you take it twice as hard. I always take defeats hard so to take defeat against a team I have great pride in leaving does hurt more.
“Neil has got his first win, we will congratulate them, I hope they win some games but I feel we contributed to their success today.
“I am very low, I will be low for a couple of days.”