Leeds United midfielder Luke Murphy has his say on suspended assistant Steve Thompson

The midfielder admits that the former assistant had a great influence on the first-team.

Leeds United are a club who rarely find themselves far away from controversy these days. One more recent example of this fact was the suspension of assistant boss Steve Thompson by Nicola Salerno, a decision which has still not been fully explained.

The former Blackpool assistant was brought into the club by Neil Redfearn, a good friend, to help with the day-to-day running of the club and it proved a successful partnership.

But then, seemingly out of nowhere, he was gone.

Luke Murphy is a player who certainly benefited from both Thompson and Redfearn's influence this season, as he fought his way back into the starting XI after previously being cast asunder by other bosses he became an integral bog in the Leeds machine.

He has spoken to LUTV this week about the changes at Leeds, and admitted Thompson was missed:

"For me personally and a few of the lads as well, Steve Thompson helped a lot of us.

"He came in and it was a breath of fresh air really.

"It was what we needed at the time and obviously was shown on the pitch."

The future of Thompson remains up in the air. So far no discussions have taken place between Neil Redfearn and Massimo Cellino, although Redfearn has previously intimated that any full-time partaking of the Leeds job would be contingent on Thompson's re-appointment as his right-hand man.

Time will tell how this latest chapter ends. 

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