Leeds United: Breakthrough in Redfearn talks

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Neil Redfearn is a step closer to becoming Leeds United’s new head coach today after he and owner Massimo Cellino reached a compromise over his salary.

Redfearn and Cellino are understood to have agreed a new wage package for the 49-year-old, removing a major obstacle from negotiations between them.

Cellino’s plan to promote Redfearn from his job as academy manager ran into trouble after United’s owner initially refused to meet Redfearn’s personal demands.

The pair failed to force a deal during discussions yesterday but further negotiations appear to have resolved a key sticking point.

A source told the YEP that there was still “work to be done” but both sides seem confident of finalising the former Barnsley’s striker promotion.

Redfearn verbally agreed to step up and replace Darko Milanic - sacked as head coach last weekend - on Monday afternoon but he told Cellino that he wanted to see his appointment confirmed before Saturday’s match at Cardiff City.

He has taken taken at Thorp Arch throughout this week and is handling this morning’s session ahead of a routine pre-match press conference this afternoon.

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