Former assistant Steve Thompson explains how Leeds United players reacted to his controversial exit, admits some players still ask him for advice

The former Neil Redfearn assistant was relieved of his duties last April.

Last April the circus at Leeds United took another twist as the club suspended Neil Redfearn's assistant Steve Thompson out of nowhere.

The close friend of Redfearn had helped turn things around at Leeds and they were on a great run of form - there was even a whisper of the play-offs.

It was a shock move that rocked Leeds United fans and highlighted the divisions at the club.

At the time rumours surfaced of a riff between Thompson and director of football Nicola Salerno but speaking to BBC Radio Leeds yesterday (05/02/2016) he once again made it clear that this was not the case:

"Me and Redders got it going there. We had some fantastic young players coming through. The vast majority of the squad, they bought into everything that we did.

"Nothing happened. Me and Nicola Salerno, we never had one fall out we got on absolutely fantastically.

"If I had done something wrong I would have held my hands up and said I was out of order and I deserve it but just in the manner I went - 100 per cent nothing happened."

He went on to speak about the way the players reacted to the news - suggesting the majority of the squad were devastated at the news - even revealing he remains in contact with some of the current Leeds squad:

"When I got the letter on the Thursday 15 lads come and sat round the desk with me and Redders, absolutely fuming, distraught, upset - that says everything. They were disappointed as much as me. If someone had said to me face-to-face 'look Thommo this is what happened' I'd rather have that then a letter and all these rumours going around.

"No regrets. Even now a lot of the Leeds players ring me talking to me, asking for advice, I'm always there for them."

Thompson, who has gone on to be a successful addition to the coaching staff at Preston North End, has now been gone for nearly a year and Leeds fans want to move on.

But it is good to see that he still cares about the club and the talented players he had at Leeds.

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