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Redfearn: Thompson can help me with disgruntled players at Leeds United

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Leeds boss welcomes having a new assistant alongside him.

Leeds United head coach Neil Redfearn is excited to have Steve Thompson finally working with him.

The former Blackpool caretaker boss had been linked with Leeds for weeks and despite Redfean regularly promising a deal was near, his former playing colleague was unveiled at a press conference with him on Thursday.

In the meantime Redfearn has been leading training sessions by himself, and admits it has had it's challenges. He now believes Thompson will give him a major hand, dealing with players recently overlooked.

He told BBC Radio Leeds: "The lads to be fair to them have been fantastic to me, because there's been some noses pushed out, as regards players not being picked and left out the squad and they've been great in training.

"They've done it right every day, but it's difficult. That sort of a scenario is easier to manage when there's two of you, so it's important."

Redfearn did not delve into who had been 'put out' by recent omissions, and it wouldn't really be fair to speculate as to who.

But with a large squad, Leeds have a number of players who have seen little or no action in recent weeks, only managing to ship out three on loan before the emergency deadline.

Keeping those who are making up the numbers at present focused, as not to be a distraction, and ready for if and when called upon, will be vital for the harmony of the squad and while Redfearn explains he feels he has not had any issues so far, as frustration grows, having Thompson alongside him will be of real benefit to him.

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