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Leeds make approach for potential Redfearn assistant, could be appointed in days

Leeds continue to pursue Huddersfield coach Steve Thompson as Neil Redfearn's assistant.

Neil Redfearn tasted defeat for the second time as permanent manager of Leeds United on Saturday, with Jordan Rhodes' late penalty handing Blackburn Rovers all three points in a 2-1 victory.

The result leaves Leeds in 16th place, just two points above the Championship relegation zone, and the Whites need results quickly to avoid being dragged into a survival battle.

What would aid that cause is finding an assistant for Redfearn. Despite having replaced Darko Milanic over three weeks ago, Redfearn is still operating without an assistant manager.

Earlier this month, Redfearn addressed the situation, saying that he knows he wants as his right hand man, and has experience of getting out of the division.

"I think he will be a real benefit to this football club. It is someone with experience of the division and he knows how to get promotion out of it," admitted Redfearn.

There haven't been many rumours about the situation, with one man the hot favourite to take the job - Huddersfield Town coach Steve Thompson.

Thompson, 50, won promotion to the Premier League as Iain Holloway's assistant at Blackpool back in 2010, but left Bloomfield Road in January after the sacking of Paul Ince.

Huddersfield boss Mark Robins then installed him as his new assistant manager, only to be sacked after just one game of the season.

Thompson then assumed the role as a coach at the John Smith's Stadium, with new boss Chris Powell bringing Steve Eyre and Alex Dyer with him.

It's no surprise to see Redfearn wanting Thompson as his assistant. The duo played together at Bolton Wanderers and Halifax Town, and are naturally believed to have a good relationship.

The potential deal seems to have stalled in recent days, but the Huddersfield Examiner report today that Leeds have been in negotiations with their Yorkshire neighbours over a 'transfer fee' for Thompson's services, and he could be appointed before Leeds take on Derby this coming weekend.

That would be a huge boost to Redfearn, who is still a relative rookie in the managerial hotseat, and will be able to call upon Thompson experience from his time with Holloway to help him get Leeds heading in the right direction again.

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