Cardiff City 3 Leeds United 1: I’ll get time - Redfearn

Leeds United's new head coach Neil Redfearn at Cardiff today.
Leeds United's new head coach Neil Redfearn at Cardiff today.
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Head coach Neil Redfearn is confident he will be given time to make his mark after watching his reign begin with a 3-1 defeat at Cardiff.

Redfearn’s full-time appointment on an initial 12-month contract was confirmed a matter of hours before kick-off at Cardiff City Stadium.

He is already the third man to be tasked with leading the Yorkshire club this season by owner Massimo Cellino.

The 49-year-old did not get the start he wanted. Goals from Bruno Manga and Federico Macheda had put Cardiff in control after a quiet first half.

Alex Mowatt’s well-taken effort got Leeds back into the game, only for a defensive mix-up between keeper Marco Silvestri and Guiseppe Bellusci to gift Kenwyne Jones Cardiff’s third.

But Redfearn revealed he had sought assurances from Cellino, following the brief tenures of Dave Hockaday and Darko Milanic, that he is not a short-term appointment.

He said: “I spoke to Massimo and we talked about things going forward, which was a key point for me.

“I asked if he sees me as the future and he said he does, which is great for me.

“I have been here six years in total and have put in a lot of hard work. There is the caveat that I can go back to the academy if it does not work out, but I am very proud.”

Of his side’s performance, he added: “It was not a dazzling performance but for an hour it was a good away performance. We limited them and we countered well.

“But that period after half-time was where the damage was done. We gave ourselves a chance pulling one back, and I thought we might get something, but you cannot legislate for their third.”

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