Tuesday 25 October 2016

Leeds boss Neil Redfearn: I want to stay but Steve Thompson must be reinstated


Neil Redfearn wants to stay on as head coach of Leeds next season but wants suspended assistant Steve Thompson reinstated in his role.

Redfearn, 49, said earlier this month, when Thompson was suspended without explanation, that he would decide on his own future at the end of the season.

Banned owner Massimo Cellino will return to office on Sunday and Redfearn, who believes the Italian has yet to decide whether or not to keep him, expects to hold talks next week.

When asked if he would ask the club to reconsider Thompson's position, Redfearn said: "Definitely. That's got to be resolved.

"Obviously he's been suspended and there hasn't been an enquiry since so it would be nice to know what's at the back of it and and if I could get Steve back for me that would be a big plus.

"It's important for me to know that would happen going forward. Steve came in and made a big difference and we worked well together.

"For me, as a pair, we compliment each other well and it would be nice to get to the bottom of it for Steve."

On his own future Redfearn said: "These things have got to be discussed. "I've got to sit down with the owner and see what he thinks."


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