Leeds United: I’m in the dark too - Redfearn

Neil Redfearn.
Neil Redfearn.
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Neil Redfearn admitted he was in the dark about Leeds United’s plans for the future as he approached the last game of his time as caretaker manager.

Redfearn’s official spell in temporary charge will end after Saturday’s Yorkshire derby against Doncaster Rovers but he was still to learn his fate this morning, 16 days after the sacking of former boss Simon Grayson.

United chairman Ken Bates gave academy coach Redfearn four games to earn for the manager’s post until the end of the season having refused to make a swift appointment in the aftermath of Grayson’s dismissal.

Leeds have taken three points from as many games with Redfearn, pictured left, in charge, leading to criticism of the club’s delay in choosing their next permanent boss, and the 46-year-old will look to sign off with a victory over Doncaster at Elland Road.

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But he claimed to have held no further talks with Leeds about his position and is not clear on whether he will be asked to take the senior squad for training at Thorp Arch on Monday morning, saying: “That’s up to the club. As far as I know, it’s Doncaster next and I’m an employee who’s keeping an eye over everything until the club make a decision about who’s going to come in.

“I’ve not spoken to them about my situation.

“We’ve discussed one or two things with regards to tomorrow but that’s it.

“To be honest, I don’t know what’s going to happen and I haven’t really thought about it.

“All I want to concentrate on is looking after the players.”

Countless names have been linked with the manager’s job at Leeds, with Neil Warnock, Steve Bruce and Mick McCarthy still among the bookmakers’ favourites, but United have shown no obvious urgency since sacking Grayson on February 1.

Bates will be absent from Elland Road again tomorrow, with no plans to return to England from his home in Monaco until Leeds’ clash with Southampton at the beginning of next month, and pressure on the club is growing after Tuesday’s defeat to Coventry cut them six points adrift of the Championship’s play-off places.

Redfearn said clarity over Grayson’s long-term appointment would help stabilise Leeds, claiming: “Any uncertainty affects you as a player.

“It would be wrong to think otherwise but the club want to make the right decision and whatever decision they make, I’m here to help.

“If it’s someone else, good luck to them and I’ll wish them all the best. Hopefully I’ll have got the club in a position where they’ve got a platform to progress from.

“Players like to know what’s happening in the future but I’m sure the club have got it well in hand.”

Redfearn was highly critical of Tuesday’s performance at the Ricoh Arena and stressed the importance of making amends in the eyes of the 3,000 fans who followed Leeds to the West Midlands.

“The supporters are fantastic and they come in thousands, not hundreds,” he said. “I was as disappointed for them as they were with the performance.

“The most important thing tomorrow, other than the result, is that we put on a performance against Doncaster where we look like we care.”

* United’s forthcoming match at Reading has been moved to Good Friday, April 6 with a 2pm kick-off. The game will be televised live by Sky.

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