Leeds chairman admits Salerno's decision was 'disruptive,' still no explanation given

Andrew Umbers has been speaking to the media once more.

Leeds United chairman Andrew Umbers has admitted that Sporting Director Nicola Salerno's decision to suspend assistant manager Steve Thompson was a 'disruptive one,' according to West Yorkshire Sport.

It is one the Leeds board accepted, however, although the chairman's tone is telling when it comes to Thompson's position at the club.

The Yorkshire side have been considerably successful on the pitch since Thompson linked up with boss Neil Redfearn but, rather out of nowhere, the assistant was suspended by Salerno yesterday.

An 'unpopular' decision though it is, Umbers says, it is one Leeds have accepted.

No explanation has yet been given, though, and the chairman did not deny that it will disrupt the club's recent stability.

Umbers said: "The decision of Nicola Salerno to suspend the contract of Steve Thompson is, of course, disruptive but this is an internal issue and one the Board accepted.

"It is never easy accepting or making a decision like this particularly when the performance of our team has been as successful as it has been since January 1st but we believe that we know the right strategy to rebuild Leeds United now and over the next few seasons."

Whether more light will shed itself on the Thompson situation remains to be seen but, until then, all Leeds can do is prepare for their Championship clash with Blackburn Rovers on Saturday afternoon.

Once again, though, the word 'disruptive' is a telling one. At least it isn't just fans or critics using it anymore but the chairman of the club himself.

That's because the suspension of Thompson has and will be exactly that and nothing else.

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