Redfearn earns Leeds chance

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Leeds chairman Ken Bates has confirmed caretaker-manager Neil Redfearn will be given at least another three games in charge to prove he is the man for the permanent job.

Bates, in no rush to install a permanent successor to Simon Grayson, sacked last Wednesday, said he had been inundated with applications for the vacant job, former England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson among them.

"I'm happy to say that Neil will be in charge for at least the next three games," Bates told Yorkshire Radio. "That's Brighton, Coventry, and Doncaster. Those three games are all very winnable."

He added: "After all the maelstrom we're only two points off the play-offs so we've decided that after his impressive start, not just with his win, but his presence around Thorp Arch, that he will be given his chance to his demonstrate his abilities while we consider the future.

"We have been inundated with applications from the cheeky to the outlandish. We've also had Sven-Goran Eriksson apply, but he won't be coming.

"We're in no hurry, there'll be no hurried appointment because the next one is a big appointment, not necessarily in name, but for the future of Leeds United. Leeds United is a big club with a big fan-base. It's a one-club city and any manager with ambitions wants to manage a big club."

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