While Chris Powell’s priority is getting Huddersfield Town out of the Championship relegation zone, Neil Redfearn believes Leeds’ new boss will inherit a side more than capable of winning promotion.

With Slovenian Darko Milanic poised to take the Elland Road job, the fourth match of Redfearn’s latest caretaker stint could well prove to be his last.

Home supporters repeatedly chanted his name, and the 49-year-old academy boss said: “This squad can threaten the top six.”

Leeds have taken 10 points from Redfearn’s four games in charge to climb to 11th place and he added: “We were excellent from first minute to last.”

Redfearn had particular praise for Italian striker Mirco Antenucci, the scorer of Leeds’ second goal in first-half stoppage time.

 

“Antenucci has been outstanding in our last two games. He has such energy and awareness and his finishing was great,” he said.

“He did really well to keep the ball down when it came to him off the bar from Giuseppe Bellusci’s shot.

“And Rudi Austin has power and pace. He is excelling because the football we are playing suits his game.”

Regarding his own position, Redfearn insisted: “Whatever happens will happen. I have enjoyed myself and done myself no harm. The club is in a better position than it was.”