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Report: Neil Redfearn and Leeds set to spilt apart

The former coach is currently negotiating a settlement.

It's expected the former coach will return to his post as manager of the academy.
It's expected the former coach will return to his post as manager of the academy.
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Neil Redfearn and Leeds United are set to part ways. The former coach is negotiating a settlement with the team that will end his six-and-a-half year tenure as head coach of the club. The Yorkshire Evening Post is citing a breakdown of the former coache's relationship with owner Massimo Cellino as the driving-factor behind the speedy departure.

Redfern joined  Leeds academy in 2009, and finished last season as head coach of the main club, only to be replaced by incoming coach Uwe Rosler last May.

According to the report, Redfearn was left in the dark about his future, while the owner was serving a disqualification, which prevented him from running the day-to-day business of the club.

Cellino regained control of the club on May 4, but apparently didn't even mention the appointment of Rosler to Redfearn until May 20. Cellino even took it upon himself to call Redfearn "a baby", and "weak" in a national newspaper interview.

It's in Redfearn's contract that he's fully within his rights to return as the manager of Leeds academy. The 49-year-old former midfielder told YEP "As far as I'm concerned, on July 1 I'm coming back as academy manager."

It's believed he'll return to his former post as manager of the academy. Executive director Adam Pearson said: "Neil's been offered the appointment back in charge of the academy and we await his answer."