Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino claims he 'knew nothing' about Steve Thompson suspension

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The assistant manager was suspended by Nicola Salerno on Thursday.

It has been a dramatic week at Leeds United. Assistant manager Steve Thompson, who has been integral to their recent resurgence in form, is gone - suspended for reasons that are still to be disclosed.

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.

The Italian has now confirmed as much. He is quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post this morning as saying he "knew nothing" about the suspension, suggesting he was not involved in the decision process at all.

The club is currently under the command of chairman Andrew Umbers, but according to both the official statement from Leeds United and manager Neil Redfearn, it was sporting director Nicola Salerno who was responsible for his enforced departure.

The official statement, from the club website, read: "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 on Thursday

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."

It seems that the decision was made without the knowledge of the owner, who is currently suspended from all activities with the club pending a tax case in Italy.

One word, chaos. Leeds fans will just hope the players are not affected when Neil Redfearn and co take on Blackburn Rovers at Elland Road this afternoon.

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