FORMER Leeds United boss Neil Redfearn – one of the names being linked with the York City managerial job – is believed to be in talks with Carlisle about their vacant position.

Redfearn – an ex-City caretaker manager - is a 16-1 shot for the role at Bootham Crescent with BetVictor but, according to The Press sources, is under consideration for the top job at the League Two Cumbrians, who parted company with John Sheridan last week.

Redfearn, 53, below, left Newcastle United in November after a brief spell as their under-23s’ assistant-boss – a job he took on after leaving Liverpool Women in September following just two games in charge of the Merseysiders.

He had moved to Liverpool after six months at Doncaster Rovers Belles’ helm, with the ex-Barnsley, Charlton and Bradford City Premier League midfielder having not managed in the men’s game since being sacked by then Championship club Rotherham just under three years ago.

Redfearn cut his managerial teeth during two caretaker spells with Halifax Town in 2001 and 2002.

Stints in charge of Scarborough and Northwich followed before he was appointed youth-team coach at Bootham Crescent under Colin Walker.

After Walker’s sacking and prior to Martin Foyle’s appointment as his successor, Redfearn went on to take temporary charge of the Minstermen for one match – a 2-2 home draw with Crawley in November 2008.

He was subsequently installed as Foyle’s assistant, only to leave a month later to manage Leeds’ academy.

At the sleeping Elland Road giants, Redfearn was placed in caretaker charge of first-team affairs on three separate occasions between 2012 and 2014, following the departures of Simon Grayson, Neil Warnock and Dave Hockaday.

After Darko Milanic lasted just 32 days at the helm, he was then given the job on a full-time basis in October 2014, but he was replaced by Uwe Rosler at the end of the season despite staving off the threat of relegation.

Redfearn went on to become the manager at Championship rivals Rotherham in October 2015 but, after signing a two-and-a-half-year deal, was dismissed four months later with the Millers third-bottom in the table.

City are understood to be currently interviewing potential candidates to replace Sam Collins, who was relieved of his duties after Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Curzon Ashton – the club’s seventh straight away league loss and tenth from the last 16 games in all competitions.

Collins succeeded Martin Gray in August just five games into the National League North campaign.