Leeds United and Neil Redfearn both confirm Nicola Salerno suspended Steve Thompson

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The assistant was suspended earlier today with no reason given.

It has been a tumultuous day at Leeds United. Assistant manager Steve Thompson, who has been integral to their recent resurgence in form is gone, reportedly suspended for reasons unknown by the club.

With that in mind the question is, who made the call?

With Massimo Cellino still banned from the club he could not have, officially at least, made the final decision.

Well according to both the official statement from Leeds United and the manager Neil Redfearn it was sporting director Nicola Salerno who was responsible for his enforced departure.

The official statement, from the club website, reads:

"The Director of Football, Nicola Salerno, has today (April 2) suspended the assistant coach Steve Thompson from his duties at the club. This is an internal matter and the club will make no further comment on this internal issue."

Then there is what Redfearn told the press earlier today.

He said, as recorded by the LUTV audioboom site:

"The letter was signed by Nicola Salerno, the sporting director. So as far as I know it has been done by Nicola Salerno."

The Italian has clearly made the decision, although as yet Leeds fans still have absolutely no idea why he has been suspended and many of them are perhaps wondering whether, in fact, this decision was the long extension of Massimo Cellino's reach at the club.

Matt Child is gone, now Thompson. With Redfearn's future now in doubt it looks like there will be nobody popular left on the club's staff come the end of the season.

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