Ex-Leeds United boss axed by Rotherham United

Neil Redfearn.
Neil Redfearn.
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Neil Redfearn, the former Leeds United head coach and academy boss, has been sacked by Rotherham United after just 21 games as manager.

Redfearn parted company with Rotherham in the wake of bad defeats to Charlton Athletic and Bolton Wanderers which left the Millers in serious danger of relegation from the Championship.

The 50-year-old, who resigned from his post as head of Leeds’ academy after a fall-out with owner Massimo Cellino last summer, was appointed as Rotherham boss in October after current United head coach Steve Evans quit the South Yorkshire club.

Rotherham won just five times under him and are two points from safety in the Championship after an injury-time defeat to struggling Bolton on Saturday.

Rotherham chairman Tony Stewart said: “It is with a heavy heart that we’ve parted company with Neil. As we all know, football is a results-driven business and with 16 games to go our aim has to be to retain our Championship status.

“Everyone at the club wishes Neil well with his future career and thank him for his efforts and endeavour. Our focus now is 100 per cent behind appointing a first-team manager as soon as possible.”