Berardi: This was my 'negative moment' of last season

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Leeds United defender Gaetano Berardi has given his thoughts on the supension of assistant boss Steve Thompson last season.

Leeds United defender Gaetano Berardi told Radio Yorkshire that the situation which led to Steve Thompson’s dismissal last season was a definite low point for him personally.

The versatile Swiss full-back is unable to shed any light over what happened with regards to Thompson being suspended as Neil Redfearn’s assistant, but has suggested that it did affect him.

“It was a negative moment – One moment he was with us and the next moment he’s gone – I didn’t know what happened or what the problem was,” he said.

There can be little doubt that Thompson and Redfearn weren’t treated perfectly by Massimo Cellino, but Leeds have moved on and are focused on the future under Uwe Rosler.

It’s important that the German is backed in key areas over the summer and the includes all of his requests in terms of playing staff and any new players he wants to bring in to freshen up the squad.

The BBC is among the sources to have confirmed the news that Rob Kelly is Rosler’s assistant for his spell in charge at Leeds and hopefully the pair can drive the team forward over the next few months.

Kelly is someone who can take some of the pressure away from the German and focus on specific areas of the team, while Rosler studies the opposition and develops game plans designed to get wins on a weekly basis.

If the pair work well and productively together, there will be no need for Cellino to come into the equation and pull the trigger in a similar fashion to what we saw last season.

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