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Neil Redfearn
Neil Redfearn
Personal information
Date of Birth 20 June 1965
Place of Birth England
Leeds career
Manager 2/2012 (caretaker)
4/2013 (caretaker)
8/2014 - 9/2014 (caretaker)
11/2014 - 5/2015
Darko Milanič

Neil David Redfearn (born 20 June 1965) has had spells as caretaker manager of Leeds United and is currently in charge of the Leeds United academy.

Redfearn time at Leeds United started in January 2009 when he became the coach of the under-18 academy team. He took over as manager of the Leeds reserve team in December 2010 following the sacking of Neil Thompson. He was then appointed caretaker manager at Leeds following the sacking of manager Simon Grayson in February 2012. On 4 February he won his first match in charge by beating Bristol City 3–0. It was later confirmed by club chairman Ken Bates that Redfearn would retain the managerial post for the following three games. After two wins and two defeats in his four-game spell as manager, Redfearn was replaced by Neil Warnock as Leeds United permanent manager.

Back with the Leeds' Under 18's side, in April 2012 Redfearn guided them to a 2nd-place finish in the Under 18's League, narrowly missing out on top spot to Newcastle's Under 18's team. A year later, Redfearn was back as caretaker manager for a match inbetween Neil Warnock and Brian McDermott reigns. Redfearn then became the new First Team Coach as well as combining his role as Reserve Team/Development Squad manager. When McDermott left in May 2014 Redfearn stood down from his role of first team coach to continue his role as reserve team/development squad manager as well as his role of Academy Manager. Redfearn's spell as the Head Of Academy was heavily praised due to the influx of Leeds academy players breaking through into the first team such as Dominic Poleon, Chris Dawson, Sam Byram, Alex Mowatt, Lewis Cook and Kalvin Phillips.

In August 2014, Redfearn was appointed caretaker head coach for the third time after Dave Hockaday was sacked after only been in the job for 70 days. Redfearn picked up a victory in his first game back in charge with a 1–0 win on 30 August against Bolton Wanderers. On 20 September, Redfearn's Leeds picked up a 3-0 win over local rivals Huddersfield Town. After recording a record of three wins and one draw in his latest stint as caretaker, Leeds announced that Redfearn would be stepping back down into a role described as "Academy Manager and Head of Coaching" with Darko Milanič appointed the new Head Coach of Leeds United on a 2-year deal.

On 25 October 2014, Milanič was sacked by the club after only 32 days in charge. Redfearn was appointed as Leeds' new head coach on a permanent basis. Redfearn confirmed that he verbally agreed to become Head Coach of Leeds with reassurances that if it does not work out, he will revert to his previous job back in the academy.

In May 2015, Leeds announced that Uwe Rösler was the new Leeds United Head Coach, thus ending Redfearn's reign at the club. The following month, Redfearn returned to his role at Leeds United academy.

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