Former Leeds United assistant Steve Thompson told BBC Radio Leeds that he feels he’s rediscovered the fire in his belly after leaving the club.
Thompson is now part of the Preston setup under old Leeds boss Simon Grayson and is looking forward to the new season, with the newly promoted club who made the step up from League One via the play-offs last year.
“It’s a great opportunity and I’ve got a smile back on my face. It was a big disappointment, some of the stories coming out of Leeds. I can’t say too much but I’ve got the fire back in my belly and I’m ready to work again,” he told BBC Radio Leeds.
Leeds have moved on
Regardless of the circumstances, which led to Thompson’s departure at Leeds, the Elland Road club have since moved on and are looking good ahead of the new season.
Uwe Rosler has drafted in some key squad additions and there is still plenty of time for the squad to further improve before the club’s first game of the next Championship season against Burnley.
Rosler also hasn’t lost any key youngsters from his squad, meaning the spine of the side which played well at times under Neil Redfearn is still very much intact.
What might have been?
The biggest impact that Thompson’s departure had for Neil Redfearn at Leeds is that it left him undermined and under pressure.
He approached the rest of the season in a professional manner but Redfearn had extra work to do in training and on match days, which are duties that Thompson would have otherwise taken care of.
It will be interesting to see if Rosler and the backroom staff he has assembled fair any better over the next ten months.