Thompson suspension perfect timing at Leeds United

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Neil Refearn's right-hand man, assistant coach Steve Thompson, was suspended Thursday by Leeds United. Fans are outraged, but this action has highlighted the problem at Elland Road.

It was almost prophetic that the Leeds Fans CBS should officially launch its fan-ownership initiative on the very day the majority of Leeds supporters declared the 'novelty' of their current ownership structure had well and truly worn off.

Friday morning saw a wave of positivity greet the launch of the fans' scheme to raise £10 million and make inroads into the boardroom at Elland Road, which has been shrouded in so much mystery, chicanery and mistrust in recent years.

The Leeds Fans CBS group claim: 'We want our club back', and they speak for thousands of fellow supporters at the end of a very long tether, having suffered a series of ownership turnovers, none of which have presented a clear direction to progress in the Sky Bet Championship, nor an open relationship with the fans and business community of Leeds.

Social media was awash with Leeds fans declaring their support for the fans' initiative following the launch in the morning, and as the mood changed from optimism and buoyancy to incredulity and dismay upon the news of Steve Thompson's suspension just after lunch time, one common thread seemed to appear. 

If confirmation was required that Leeds fans needed to gain an influence on proceedings after years of standing idle and agog on the sidelines, and furthermore they needed to act upon an opportunity to do so conveniently presented to them that very morning, the latest folly of Leeds United's hierarchy was just that.

However the scenario surrounding the team management structure pans out, the facts are that the combination of Neil Refearn and the assistant head coach he waited so patiently to land from a secure contract at Huddersfield Town had arrested Leeds from a perilous position at the foot of the Championship table. No Leeds fan saw the renaissance of 2015 coming, and doubtless the Leeds board didn't either. To destroy that winning partnership and wholly undermine the head coach in the process begs the question of just what should motivate any future incumbent of the respective positions to perform ?

Rumours persist that this is the first move in a plot to unsettle Neil Redfearn and oust him from his position in the Elland Road hotseat. So, what do the Leeds United board want from a head coach and his assistant ?

Certainly, if that board had two bona fide and fully-paid-up members of the Leeds United fans' community in its midst, you would expect the fruits of the team management's labours to be more suitably rewarded.

Leeds Fans CBS Project Leader Dylan Thwaites spoke on Thursday morning about the launch of the fan-ownership initiative being like 'coming out of being held hostage'. It is a pertinent point, but sadly today it feels like Leeds fans are still chained to the radiator. 

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