Redfearn talks up the benefits Thompson has brought to Leeds

Leeds United

Neil Redfearn says Steve Thompson has allowed him to coach more specifically at Leeds United.

Leeds United boss Neil Redfearn has admitted to the Yorkshire Evening Post he does more work with the back four at the moment.

The boss has explained the positive impact Steve Thompson has had as his assistant, which allows him to focus on working more closely with the Leeds United defence.

“The main difference with having Thommo here is the extra work it allows us to do,” said Redfearn.

“Before, I was basically looking after the entire group. It was very difficult to split the players up and focus on the areas we needed to improve.”

“We’re in a position now where he (Thompson) can look at the front end of the team and concentrate on their movement while I take the back four for a proper session.”

The change explains the positive upturn in Leeds’ performances although the recent results, other than the Bournemouth win, haven’t really gone in their favour.

Redfearn will also be keeping a close eye on the attack as will Thompson with the defence, meaning fresh angles from both coaches as they deal with problems in different areas of the team.

Thompson has also helped in terms of taking some of the pressure off of Redfearn, as he deals with the squad, helping new players settle in and the various scenarios happening away from the team.

The challenge for the management pair at Leeds is to refine the side to a point where the results are coming more consistently and each area of the squad takes less coaching.

That will then allow both of them to work with players on an ever more refined basis, individually, though it’s important all areas of the team work hard for the rest of the Championship season.

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