Leeds United’s head coach Neil Redfearn is considering his future, after another bizarre day at Elland Road saw his assistant suspended, and a selection ban placed on the club’s top goalscorer.
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The Championship side announced on their official website this afternoon that Steve Thompson, who only joined the Whites from Huddersfield Town as Redfearn’s number two in December, had been suspended by the club until the end of the season. However, with his contract expiring in the summer, it is unlikely that he will return. Bizarrely, no reason was given for what effectively is his dismissal in the two-and-a-half line statement.
And, Phil Hay of the Yorkshire Evening Post reported that Redfearn had no idea why the action had been taken.
Redfearn presser has just finished. “Steve’s been suspended. For what, I don’t know. I don’t understand it.” #lufc
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) April 2, 2015
Despite leading a revival away from the relegation zone, the news has led to questions about the 49-year-old’s own future at Elland Road. Hay revealed that Redfearn himself confirmed that there was now doubt over his position.
Redfearn on his own future: “I’ve got to have a real hard think. Where before it was a no brainer (to stay) I’ve got have a think.” — Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) April 2, 2015
As if things could not get any stranger at the club, the Sun reported that the club’s top goalscorer Mirco Antenucci was not allowed to be selected, as he is only one goal away from triggering a bonus clause in his contract.
The clause includes an automatic one-year extension, and a cash bonus.
Today’s events have extended the dark cloud that seems forever lingering over the Yorkshire side. Chief Operating Officer Matt Child resigned in March having only been in the role for the last few months. And the ownership remains a major question at the moment, with Massimo Cellino walking away from the club, having been banned from running Leeds in January.