Neil Redfearn agrees to become Leeds United manager

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Neil Redfearn has understandably agreed to become the new permanent head coach of Leeds United, following the departure of former boss Darko Milanic, who failed to win a single game in charge.  

Redfearn has been in temporary charge of the first team on three separate occasions, one of which was earlier this season, when The Whites managed three wins from four games, taking 10 from a possible 12 points. 

The former Barnsley midfielder has reportedly agreed with club chairman Massimo Cellino, that should his permanent job with the first team not go as planned, he is welcome to return to his current role in charge of the academy.

New boss

Leeds recorded wins over Bolton, Bournemouth and Huddersfield when Redfearn was in charge earlier in the season, in between the sacking of David Hockaday and the appointment of Milanic.

Redfearn joined Leeds late in 2008 and has since had a number of different roles within the club, mainly with the academy and reserve side.

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The new boss has previously managed Scarborough and Northwich Victoria and will become the fourth head coach at the club since May, following a number of quick-fire departures. 

Milanic departure

The Slovenian has claimed that he has not actually been sacked by the club and will be paid until 2016, despite the managerial role almost certainly being taken over by Redfearn within the next few days.

“I still have a contract on paid leave. During this time I must be ready to take over the team if requested by the owner,” Milanic told reporters.

It is unlikely that the 46-year-old will return to the post, however Cellino is well known for his large number of dismissals, as he went through 36 managers in 22 years at his time with Cagliari.

This season

United are currently eighteenth in the competitive Championship, five points from relegation and seven from the play-off positions, therefore Redfearn will begin his role at a good time. 

The play-offs are well within reach for the club, who have proven talent and experience, with the likes of Stephen Warnock, Billy Sharp and Mirco Antenucci.

The first game of Redfearn's reign is likely to be Saturday's away trip to Cardiff, before Leeds host Charlton and the struggling Blackpool in a busy seven-day period.

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