Leeds United: Milanic promises Redfearn involvement

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Neil Redfearn will be part of Darko Milanic’s backroom team at Brentford on Saturday after Leeds United’s new head coach confirmed that their academy manager is to remain involved in first-team affairs.

Milanic has agreed to a request from Massimo Cellino to keep Redfearn close to Leeds’ senior squad following the 49-year-old’s successful stint as caretaker boss.

Redfearn managed Leeds on a temporary basis after former head coach David Hockaday was sacked on August 28 and a 3-0 win over Huddersfield Town last weekend completed a haul of 10 points from the possible 12.

United’s development-squad coach is reverting to his old duties in the aftermath of Milanic’s appointment yesterday but he will maintain some involvement with United’s first-team players, despite Milanic naming Serbian Novica Nikcevic as his assistant at Elland Road.

Milanic said: “Neil Redfearn did a great job. I talked with him (on Tuesday) and I’ll talk to him over the next few days because he knows the team very well.

“If I need to know something about a player or the team or the opponents, I’ll talk with him.”

Asked if Redfearn would travel with Leeds to Griffin Park for Milanic’s first game in charge, Milanic said: “Yes.”

Cellino overlooked Redfearn for the head coach’s job at Leeds but said: “Neil is part of the history (the fabric) of this club, he does great things with the academy and I don’t want to waste that. Those are my politics.

“But the coaches must all work together.”

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