Leeds United: Redfearn set for exit from Elland Road

Neil Redfearn.
Neil Redfearn.
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Neil Redfearn is set to part company with Leeds United, it is understood.

Redfearn and the club are negotiating a settlement which will end his six-and-a-half-year spell as a coach at Elland Road.

The 49-year-old’s departure is still to be finalised but the recent breakdown of his relationship with United owner Massimo Cellino will see him move on in the coming days.

Redfearn, who first joined Leeds’ academy coaching team in 2009, finished last season as head coach but was replaced in that role by Uwe Rosler in May.

Cellino is believed to have pushed for a parting of ways in the aftermath of Rosler’s arrival, despite suggestions that Redfearn would remain at the club.

Redfearn’s contract – agreed when he became head coach last November – gave him the right to resume his old job as academy manager this summer.

Speaking on the day of Rosler’s unveiling, executive director Adam Pearson said: “Neil’s been offered the appointment back in charge of the academy and we await his answer.”

Redfearn looked ready to take up that post again, telling the YEP last month: “As far as I’m concerned, on July 1, I’m coming back as academy manager.”

He was not present for the start of pre-season training this week, however, and discussions about his exit are ongoing.

Leeds, meanwhile, are facing the threat of another transfer embargo due to the ongoing dispute over Cameron Stewart’s aborted transfer to Elland Road last summer.

The Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) has asked the Football League to impose an embargo on United as punishment for non-payment of wages owed to Stewart.

In May, a Football Association arbitration tribunal ordered Leeds to pay in excess of £500,000 to Stewart followng their refusal to honour a three-year deal agreed with the winger.

United have not paid the money and the PFA is pressing the Football League to hit United with immediate sanctions.