February quotes from Steve Thompson that look particularly meaningful for Leeds now

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Leeds' suspended assistant manager Steve Thompson may have predicted the club's demise following his departure within quotes made earlier in the season.

Four games have now passed since Leeds United suspended Steve Thompson, and the club are yet to pick up a win in his absence.

Leeds had been gathering momentum in 2015, but Thompson's dismissal has clearly negatively impacted on the squad and their good form appears to have deserted them.

Leeds have lost their last four matches, with a club that seemed to be heading in the right direction appearing to have done a complete u-turn.

The future of the Whites is now uncertain, with current boss Neil Redfearn considering his future, according to ITV Sport.

It leaves Leeds looking a long way from being able to finally return to the Premier League, and the answer to their current problems may have been inadvertently answered by Thompson soon after he was appointed in his comments to the Yorkshire Evening Post.

“Neil on his own can’t look after 30 or 40 players,” Thompson said back in February. “How he did that and how he held the fort, I don’t know."

The words have particular meaning now and expose the problem that Redfearn is currently facing at Elland Road.

It is simply unfeasible for Redfearn to control a squad of players on his own, and the position he has been left in is troubling.

Pictures have emerged of Redfearn having to lay out cones for training exercises and carrying the balls into Leeds' first-team sessions, and it seems impossible for him to undertake the work of two men for a sustained period of time.

It means that the Whites’ sudden down-turn is hardly surprising and unless Leeds give Redfearn a better chance of maximising the potential of his squad - as he was with Thompson at his side - then things are only likely to get worse.

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