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Leeds place Redfearn in temporary charge

Neil Warnock's spell as manager at Leeds United has come to an end, with academy manager Neil Redfearn put in charge on a temporary basis.

Warnock's departure was confirmed approximately two hours after Monday's 2-1 defeat against Derby.

The result left Leeds just five points clear of the relegation zone and was their third loss in as many games.

Redfearn was caretaker manager for four games in February last year prior to Warnock's appointment. Leeds won two of the games while the 47-year-old was in charge.

He was previously caretaker manager at York City and Halifax Town and manager at Scarborough and Northwich Victoria.

Redfearn made close to 300 appearances for Barnsley between 1991 and 1998 as a goalscoring midfielder and played for the Tykes during their one season in the Premier League.

Other clubs he played for include Bolton, Lincoln, Crystal Palace, Watford, Oldham, Charlton, Bradford, Wigan, Halifax, Boston United and Rochdale.

'Look to the future'

Warnock, 64, replaced Simon Grayson in February last year. His assistants, Mick Jones and Ronnie Jepson, have also left the club.

"We need to look to the future and the search for his replacement is under way," said Leeds United's chief executive Shaun Harvey.

"There is no fixed timescale as securing the services of the right person is the primary objective to give us the best chance of promotion next season."

"We would like to thank Neil for his efforts during his time as our manager and share his disappointment that we could not achieve promotion.

"We would also like to thank Mick Jones and Ronnie Jepson, who will leave the club with Neil, for all their hard work."

Warnock had been involved in discussions about who his successor should be and, after the defeat against Derby, he said: "I don't think they should rush into a permanent appointment because there are no outstanding candidates at the moment, but there will be in the summer.

"I have been a manager for 33 years and these last 12 months have been the hardest. I have given it my best shot, but, being honest, we haven't been good enough in the final third of the pitch."


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