Neil Redfearn reveals the biggest advantage of having Steve Thompson at Leeds

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The Leeds boss has been discussing the importance of his assistant manager.

Leeds United boss Neil Redfearn is delighted to have 'top football man' Steve Thompson on board as his assistant at Elland Road and has been discussing the role he plays at the club, according to BBC Radio Leeds.

Thompson joined Redfearn earlier this season as the Yorkshire side's assistant manager and the 50-year-old has clearly struck up a rapport with the Leeds boss.

The duo go way back and are good friends, although Redfearn is more concerned with what Thompson offers from a footballing point of view.

And the biggest advantage of having the no.2 at Elland Road, according to the Leeds manager, is that he has taken the second major training group off Redfearn's hands - i.e those that aren't quite in the starting XI.

"Steve's my mate, I've known Steve a long time but, moreover, he's a top football man," the 49-year-old said.

"While we've had this big group, he's taken on the group underneath [the starting XI] and has freed me up to work with the XI.

"He's somebody there for me to bounce off on the side. I trust his opinion; I listen to him."

Thompson and Redfearn's management has brought obvious results at Leeds and the pair will be hoping for another one this Saturday afternoon, when Nottingham Forest visit the Yorkshire side.

Beyond that, Leeds will aim to finish as high as they can in the Championship before entering next campaign with an eye on achieving promotion from it.

Hopefully the Elland Road outfit can head into the new season with a bit of stability - and the strongest finish possible this term will only help.

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