Leeds United set to approach Uwe Rösler
- German has not worked since being sacked by Wigan in November
- Redfearn in the dark over appointment but is expecting to leave
- Cellino brands Redfearn 'a baby' in press conference
Uwe Rösler is a leading contender to be appointed Leeds United’s head coach, despite Neil Redfearn not yet having left the club.
Rösler is among a number of individuals whom Massimo Cellino has considered in recent days. The German has been out of work since leaving Wigan Athletic in November, having also managed Brentford from 2011-13.
Rosler guided Brentford to the League One play-off final in May 2013 and took Wigan to the Championship play-off semi-finals as well as the last four of the FA Cup in 2014.
Former Brentford manager Mark Warburton and Sunderland manager Gus Poyet - who worked under Dennis Wise at Elland Road between 2006 and 2008 are examples of other names being thrown into the managerial hat.
Redfearn’s contract expires in June and he is set to leave despite having guided Leeds to Championship safety last season in the midst of a chaotic period. Leeds’ owner, Massimo Cellino, has not spoken to the current coach since his return from a Football League ban and Redfearn had not been told of Rösler’s potential appointment on Tuesday.
Leeds' owner Massimo Cellino
If confirmed, Rösler will become the fourth manager at Leeds since Cellino controversially took control last April. The Italian initially appointed the former Forest Green Rovers coach Dave Hockaday, before replacing him with the Slovenian Darko Milanic and then Redfearn.
Cellino's tenure at Leeds has already been littered with controversy, and the former Cagliari owner has further tax allegations against him in Sardinia that could potentially lead to more problems with the League.
The controversial Italian said this about current manager Neil Redfearn last week in an interview with the Daily Mirror: "Neil Redfearn does the [Leeds United fans'] salute. He challenged me.
"If you are good I can accept the challenge. But not if you are a bad coach. He has to respect the chairman.
He continued the slating of his coach "He has to respect the club. He’s like a baby. He’s been badly advised and used by someone.
Redfearn replaced Darko Milanic in October, gaining support from the club's fans
"He is not a bad person but he has a weak personality.”
Neil Redfearn still remains in his position as head coach but his contract expires on June 30 – and Cellino will not be offering him a new one.