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Report suggests differing reactions members of Leeds squad had to Thompson's suspension

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Leeds United suspended Steve Thompson last week.

BBC Sport journalist Mark Clemmit has reported on the shocking reaction from some of Leeds United's squad to the news that assistant manager Steve Thompson had been suspended in his column for The Times.

Clemmit was at Leeds' training ground, shooting a feature for the Football League Show, when the news broke that Thompson had been handed a suspension, and he says that the Italian continent of the Whites' squad 'whooped with delight' when they found out.

Most at Leeds had been disappointed to hear of Thompson’s departure, but it seems that some players in Neil Redfearn's squad were more pleased with the news than others.

The report read: "Redfearn had no prior knowledge of this pruning and was - still is - examining his position after this overwhelming undermining.

"In the split dressing room of the club’s training ground, the news was greeted with incredulity by the home-based contingent. The out-of-favour Italians, who clearly seemed to have been briefed in advance, whooped with delight."

Thompson's suspension came completely out of the blue, with Leeds seemingly moving forward under his and Redfearn's leadership.

The future seemed bright at Elland Road, with the club in impressive form on the field, but Thompson's departure has thrown them back into turmoil.

Leeds have become familiar with instability and it seems that the dressing room is divided at the moment.

It has clearly negatively impacted on results on the field too, as Leeds have lost both games since Thompson's departure - conceding seven goals in the process - and uncertainty surrounds the Yorkshire club at present

Redfearn is said to be considering his future at the club, according to the Yorkshire Post, following Thompson's departure, while reports in the same paper today suggest that Nicola Salerno has resigned - creating further turbulence when everything had appeared to be going so swimmingly only a few weeks ago.

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