Neil Redfearn
Neil Redfearn will not be considered as the new Leeds managerGetty Images/Ben Hoskins

Leeds United temporary boss Neil Redfearn will not be considered for the permanent manager's position at Elland Road after being informed by owner Massimo Cellino that his future remains within the club's academy set-up.

The Whites are unbeaten in both of Redfearn's matches as caretaker manager but despite being among the candidates for the role, he will not be considered due to his current position in West Yorkshire.

Redfearn has performed a role within Leeds' youth team since December 2008 and instead of being promoted, he will continue to work with the academy, which Cellino sees as one of the club's primary assets.

"Neil's very busy with the academy and I need him in that job," Cellino told the Yorkshire Evening Post.

"He's an outstanding coach, a guy who knows how good teams should play, but it would do too much damage to the academy if he stays as [head] coach.

"He'll be coach at Bournemouth, 100 per cent, and maybe on Saturday as well. But I've got ideas about what I'll do.

"I'm thinking about a foreign coach, an international coach who I can work with. We need to meet and talk but I think he could be good for us.

"It needs to be the right man, but I want Neil to be involved with the first team in some way. He knows the young players, the players like him and they respect him. I respect him.

"The academy is his responsibility but I want it to be a team of coaches. He's shown that he knows what he's doing but I can't take him away from the academy completely."

As the contenders for the vacant manager's job at Leeds continue to dwindle, a role which has been unfilled since the sacking of David Hockaday on 28 August, former West Bromwich Albion boss Steve Clarke remains the bookmakers' favourite.

Former strikers Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Robbie Fowler have both declared their interest in joining Leeds but Cellino has already confirmed the appointment is likely to be low-key.

The Italian owner surprised many when appointing former Forest Green coach Hockaday in the summer but he lasted just six games of the new campaign before Cellino lost patience.