Redfearn considering Leeds future


Published: Thursday 2nd April 2015 by The News Editor

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Leeds head coach Neil Redfearn is pondering his future after the suspension of assistant Steve Thompson over an “internal matter”.

Thompson, who joined Redfearn’s backroom staff from Huddersfield in December, has been stood down from his duties by director of football Nicola Salerno.

Both men are out of contract at the end of the season and Redfearn is now going to consider his position after admitting to being in the dark over Thursday’s events.

“Steve’s been suspended. For what, I don’t know. I don’t understand it,” Redfearn told a press conference previewing Leeds’ Sky Bet Championship game with Blackburn on Saturday.

“I would have liked to have known about it beforehand.

“It seems a really strange decision and I’m bitterly disappointed. It’s the ideal partnership. We bounce off each other.

“It’s not ideal timing, it hasn’t helped. I have to have a good, hard think now. Where before it was a no-brainer (to stay) I’ve got to have a think.

“It’s disappointing. It’s undermining, you’re trying to put something together in the belief that you’re getting the backing.

“It’s unbalancing the stability that we had. It goes against everything we’re doing.

“I love this football club. But this is a difficult situation for me.”

The West Yorkshire club have refused to comment on the reason for Thompson’s suspension, breaking the news in a short club statement on the official website.

It read: “T he director of football Nicola Salerno, has today (April 2) suspended the assistant coach Steve Thompson from his duties at the club.

“This is an internal matter and the club will make no further comment on this internal issue.”

Thompson was widely regarded to have been one of the main reasons behind the club’s upturn in fortunes on the field, with the likes of midfielder Luke Murphy and striker Steve Morison winning back their places in the starting line-up.

This latest setback follows a catalogue of off-field controversies this season surrounding suspended owner Massimo Cellino, whose disqualification was recently extended until the end of the season.

Cellino was disqualified by the Football League in February after the governing body ruled his conviction for tax evasion in Italy last year breached its owners’ and directors’ test.

Cellino is currently challenging his disqualification through the Football Association’s arbitration process.

The ban, which was upheld after an unsuccessful appeal by Cellino, barred the Italian from exerting any influence over Leeds or acting as a ‘relevant person’ at Elland Road.

Leeds began the season with little-known Dave Hockaday in charge of the first team following his controversial appointment in June, but both he and his successor, Darko Milanic, were sacked after just six games in charge.

Published: Thursday 2nd April 2015 by The News Editor

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