Leeds United: Redfearn in running for Doncaster job after Leeds exit

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Former Leeds United head coach Neil Redfearn is in the running for the vacant manager’s job at Doncaster Rovers after settling his recent dispute with Leeds.

Redfearn is favourite to replace Paul Dickov at the Keepmoat Stadium, two-and-a-half months on from his acrimonious resignation as United’s academy boss.

The 50-year-old quit that post in July following a fall-out with club owner Massimo Cellino, claiming his role at Thorp Arch had been made “untenable”.

Redfearn, who originally joined Leeds as a youth-team coach in 2009, was contractually entitled to regain control of United’s academy this summer having left that position to manage the club’s first team midway through last season.

His exit from Leeds - hastened after Cellino accused him of being “weak” and behaving “like a baby” in a national newspaper interview - was expected to lead to a long legal dispute but he and United are understood to have finalised a deal to pay up his contract.

The former Barnsley midfielder was formally replaced by Leeds last Friday when Paul Hart took up the job of academy director.

Redfearn is now among the options being considered by Doncaster in the wake of Dickov’s dismissal.

Dickov - a former United striker - was sacked by League One club on yesterday afternoon.