On this day: Leeds United suspended assistant manager Steve Thompson

Neil Redfearn

It is a year since Leeds sent fans into disarray once again.

Last season saw Leeds United go through turmoil under the ownership of Massimo Cellino.

The Italian appointed Dave Hockaday, then fired him, appointed Darko Milanic, then fired him. He then gave the job to Neil Redfearn and the former academy boss steadied the ship at Elland Road.

He gave onus to the young players at the club but it was not until he got his assistant that things went well for Redders at Leeds.

He appointed old friend Steve Thompson in December 2014 and he had a brilliant impact on the club.

But today marks the anniversary of perhaps the biggest debacle of Leeds 2014-15 season. It was on April 2nd 2015 that Leeds bizarrely suspended Steve Thompson, as reported here by The Guardian.

It was sporting director Nicola Salerno that sent Thompson packing, with Cellino suspended at the time.

The move effectively put a fatal bullet into Redfearn’s long-term Leeds United future and he left at the end of the season.

The true reasons behind the suspension has never really become clear, but Thompson has done well since.

He joined up with a former Leeds United manager in Simon Grayson at Preston North End and has helped lead the club to a fantastic Championship campaign.

We will never know what might have been had Redders and Thommo, as they became affectionately known, were handed the Leeds job full-time.

Hopefully another day like this is not on the horizon at Leeds, as the fans look for some stability.

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