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Former Leeds United assistant Steve Thompson says he was offered return by club, denies Nicola Salerno rift

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Leeds controversially suspended Thompson in April.

Leeds United seem to be a settled club again at the moment. Adam Pearson has restored some order behind the scenes whilst Uwe Rosler has the team playing well on the pitch.

Toward the end of last season of course it was a completely different story.

One major area of controversy was the suspension of Neil Redfearn’s assistant Steve Thompson.

In a move that seemingly came out of the blue he was temporarily relieved of his duties in April and he never returned, with Redfearn also leaving the club.

It was a shocking decision as Thompson had been lauded for his impact on the first-team, helping to lead them from the relegation zone to a comfortable mid-table position.

No official reason has ever been given for his exit, but one rumour was a poor relationship with sporting director Nicola Salerno.

However he has refuted that in an interview with the Lancashire Evening Post today. The 50-year-old, who was appointed first-team coach at Preston North End this summer, stated:

“I remember Redders [Redfearn] saying to me, ‘The better we do here, the worse it will be for us’. I thought that strange at the time but he was right.

“One Thursday morning a letter was put on my desk informing me I had been suspended. There was no explanation and it was such a frustrating time for me.

“There were allegations of me falling out with football director Nicola Salerno but I didn’t fall out with anyone.

“I think it was done to try and undermine Redders, and I really felt for him.

“They lost five games on the bounce and the dressing room was spilt. Later I had offers to go back but I could never do that.”

It certainly seems that, for whatever reason, the duo of Thompson and Redfearn just never sat right in the eyes of the hierarchy at Leeds United.

However, while what happened behind the scenes will always niggle at some Leeds fans, things appear to be settle now.

Leeds fans will therefore be getting behind the current structure and will want to forget about the circus that surrounded the club last season.

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