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Neil Redfearn Resigns From Leeds Academy

The 50-year-old is leaving the organization after he claimed his position was made untenable by the club.

Redfearn handed in his resignation Thursday.
Redfearn handed in his resignation Thursday.
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A few weeks ago, TIAT reported that Neil Redfearn- former coach of the Whites- was leaving the main club, but joining Leeds academy as the manager.

Through It All Together is now able to report and confirm that Neil Redfearn has left the organization entirely. The 50-year-old claimed his position was made untenable by the club.

He was offered to return to this job back in May, when Uwe Rosler was named head coach of the first-team after Redfearn's rather unsuccessful six months at the helm.

He has accused the club of not letting him return to his post.

Redfearn had a number of fallouts with owner Massimo Cellino, who didn't offer him an extension on his contract, in favour of hiring Rosler.

He said in a statement reported by The Guardian: "It is with great sadness that I am resigning from my employment at Leeds United with immediate effect.

"I am desperately disappointed that [executive director] Adam Pearson's ‘offer' of a return to my old position as academy manager was not genuine and the club have since made my position untenable by refusing to let me take up my post at Thorp Arch.

"I would, however, like to place on record my thanks to everyone connected with the first team, including the fans, for making last season both productive and beneficial after a difficult start. Very importantly I would like to pay a special tribute to the academy where I proudly worked along with others for the best part of six years.

"The LUFC academy is now regarded as one of the most productive in the country and last season proved testament to that with the continued development of Sam Byram, Alex Mowatt, Lewis Cook, Charlie Taylor, Kalvin Phillips, Lewis Walters and Chris Dawson amongst a crop of outstanding young players to wear the Leeds badge of honour and to don the famous white shirt.

"The Academy Philosophy and Coaching programme that I wrote and developed will be part of my legacy to this great club and hopefully will help shape more top young professional footballers moving forward.

"I would like to wish Uwe Rösler and his staff and players every success for next season and beyond so that Leeds can (get) back to the Premier League very soon. Last, but not least, I wish to thank the fans for their unstinting support both during my time at the Academy and whilst in charge of the first team. It has truly been an honour to represent and serve this great club."

Redfearn had been hired by the club back in November, but his future was in doubt after Cellino went public, calling Redfearn "weak" and "behaving like a baby".

Redfearn handed in his resignation letter earlier on Thursday, and the club is expected to comment on the matter soon.

Perhaps Redfearn's biggest legacy will be that he was the man who is credited with developing Lewis Cook, Alex Mowatt, and Sam Byram into the franchise players that they are.

More details to follow.