Leeds United 0 Rotherham United 0: Redfearn wants to be involved in new signings

Leeds United manager Neil Redfearn and players walk around the pitch.
Leeds United manager Neil Redfearn and players walk around the pitch.
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Leeds head coach Neil Redfearn hopes to hold talks with club president Massimo Cellino next week in a bid to secure his future at the club.

Redfearn, who may have taken charge of his last game, reaffirmed his desire to continue in the role following the goalless draw against Rotherham at Elland Road.

Cellino’s ban from having any executive influence at the club following his tax conviction in Italy expires on Sunday and he must decide whether to renew Redfearn’s contract, which expires in June.

The Italian chose not to attend the season finale despite being given permission by the Football League to attend as a spectator only.

Redfearn said earlier in the week that the reinstatement of assistant Steve Thompson - suspended without explanation earlier this month - would have a major bearing on whether he would continue in the role.

“I’ve had no contact as such,” Redfearn said. “We’re free now obviously to discuss things and talk about stuff, so I would expect next week we’ll sit down and chat.

“The important part now becomes the recruitment part and if I’m going to be here I’d like to be part of that.

“It’s important because if you recruit well and get the right players, you can supplement what we’ve done and this close season we need to recruit better.”

On Cellino’s no-show, Redfearn added: “I didn’t know whether he was here or not. He got dispensation to attend the game but that’s all up to Massimo what he decided to do.

“To be honest with you I was just concentrating on getting on with the game.”

Asked if it had been an emotional day, Redfearn added: “Yes, definitely.

“You say you deal with the stress and all that, but it has been stressful. It’s been a tough season.

“The last thing you want is to have Leeds United in the bottom three, so we’ve had to really dig deep and come up with the answers.

“Thankfully they have been the right answers.”

Last-ditch tackles in either half by Kari Arnason and Richard Wood denied Leeds pair Charlie Taylor and substitute Billy Sharp goalscoring opportunities.

But Rotherham were not without their own chances. Danny Lafferty went close with a first-half header and soon after Danny Ward’s goalbound drive rebounded off team-mate Matt Derbyshire.

Leeds midfielder Rudy Austin forced Emi Martinez into a sprawling save in the 86th minute and Sol Bamba then headed straight at the Rotherham goalkeeper as Leeds chased the winner, while visiting substitute Jonson Clarke-Harris broke the ball with a thumping free-kick, which flew just wide in the 89th minute.

Rotherham manager Steve Evans delivered on his promise to turn up in beachwear if he kept his side in the Championship, sporting sombrero, shorts, flip-flops and sunglasses as he departed the visitors’ coach, which also raised money for charity.

“It will go to a very worthy cause and if it helps one little kid I don’t mind looking like an idiot for a day,” said Evans, who changed back into suit and tie for the kick-off.

“It was fantastically well received by everyone here at Leeds United, including Neil Redfearn and I hope Redders is here next season as he should be. I had some good fun with the Leeds fans behind me.”

The Millers guaranteed another season in the Championship with their midweek win against Reading, despite recently being docked three points by the Football League for fielding an ineligible player.

“We played particularly well here and we go away hung up not to win, we passed and moved it around,” Evans added.

“Danny Ward’s effort, he’s probably going to score with had it not been for Matt Derbyshire’s 14-inch nose.

“You can’t ask any more of them when they know they’re safe just to have the same application they have had all season.

“I have often said I am immensely proud of them and I am now.”