Neil Redfearn signed off from his spell as Leeds United’s caretaker boss with a brilliant 3-0 win over Huddersfield Town.
United’s academy manager is set to make way for Darko Milanic in the next 24 hours with Sturm Graz boss Milanic on the verge of becoming Leeds’ next head coach.
Milanic should arrive in England tomorrow to sign a contract and take control of a side who have won three games out of four under Redfearn’s command.
A screaming Rudy Austin strike and a Mirco Antenucci finish just before half-time set Leeds up for a victory in today’s derby at Elland Road.
The two sides sparred cautiously during the opening stages but Austin brought the game to life with a blistering strike on 20 minutes.
The midfielder picked up the rebound after Joel Lynch drove a careless clearance against the legs of Antenucci and smashed a shot from a difficult angle straight past goalkeeper Alex Smithies.
An ordinary Huddersfield side laboured throughout the first half and produced nothing better than half-chances for Nahki Wells and Harry Bunn, both of which flew wide.
And Leeds went further ahead in injury-time as defender Giuseppe Bellusci led a counter attack from the edge of his own box and attempted to finish it off with a fine chip which smashed against the face of the bar.
Antenucci was alive to the rebound and buried it with an awkward finished which flew in off the frame of the goal.
Huddersfield made a stronger start to the second half and Bellusci’s intervention prevented Wells from steering home a low cut-back but Leeds were denied a penalty when Antenucci’s strike seemed to hit the arm of Mark Hudson.
Doukara eventually put United out of sight on 70 minutes when he took a clever pass from Austin, cut inside his marker and lashed a low effort beyond the reach of Smithies to round off a fine performance.
The afternoon was soured slightly by a late red card for Gaetano Berardi, however, after his foul on Bunn drew a second booking and his second dismissal of the season.
Leeds United: Silvestri, Berardi, Bellusci, Pearce, Warnock, Austin (Tonge 90), Cook, Bianchi, Sloth (Byram 73), Doukara (Morison 85), Antenucci. Subs (not used): S Taylor, Cooper, Adryan, Sharp.
Huddersfield Town: Smithies, Robinson, Lynch, Hudson, Peltier, Coady, Hogg (Ward 59), Butterfield, Bunn, Wells, Scannell (Stead 74). Subs (not used): Murphy, Dixon, Wallace, Smith, Majewski.