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21st Mar, 2017 | 2:07pm

Harry Redknapp delivers verdict on Leeds promotion chances

By Will Butcher

Harry Redknapp has claimed that the Championship’s automatic promotion places are beyond Leeds’ grasp despite their exceptional recent form.

Leeds currently sit fourth in the table, two points behind third-placed Huddersfield and a distant eight points behind Chris Hughton’s Seagulls who are second.

Former Tottenham boss Redknapp told talkSPORT that he was impressed by manager Garry Monk’s work at Elland Road, as Leeds continue to defy pre-season expectations.

However, he believes the Championship’s automatic promotion places are a step too far for Monk and Leeds, remaining confident that Newcastle and Brighton will finish in the top two.

“I’m really pleased for Garry,” Redknapp said, as quoted by Sobot’s personal Twitter account. “But the first two spots look like it’s between Newcastle and Brighton.”

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With eight games remaining, Leeds are currently in a sublime run of form that has seen them go seven league games without suffering defeat.

Victories against Birmingham, Sheffield Wednesday, Bristol City and Brighton have consolidated their place in the play-offs.

However, fans have begun to dream of chasing down the leading two sides in the division, as they look to Monk to mastermind Leeds’ first return to the Premier League since 2004.

But with just eight league games remaining, Monk’s side face a difficult task in clawing in the Championship’s pace setters and may have to settle for a place in the play-offs come May.

Leeds are next in action against play-off rivals Reading, as they go up against Jaap Stam’s side in front of the television cameras on April 1 in a tea-time kick-off.

In other Leeds news, Steve McClaren has also had his say on the Yorkshire giants’ promotion chances.

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