Leeds United: Redfearn still waiting for Thompson agreement

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Neil Redfearn’s pursuit of Steve Thompson remains up in the air despite Huddersfield Town admitting they are willing to allow their first-team coach to join Leeds United for no compensation.

Redfearn has been looking to appoint Thompson as his assistant at Elland Road for the past month-and-a-half but United’s head coach is still without a number two six games into the job.

Leeds and Huddersfield were initially at odds about compensation for Thompson, who joined Town’s staff as assistant to Mark Robins in the summer, but current manager Chris Powell revealed yesterday that the club were no longer seeking money in return for his services.

Asked about the planned appointment, Redfearn said: “The club know what I feel and the person I want. I’ve got to be patient.

“It does get frustrating but it’s important that it’s done the right way. We’ve got to respectful of other clubs.

“I’ve got a squad of 20 which I can manage and I’ve got good assistance in Matt Pears (fitness coach) and Neil Sullivan (goalkeeping coach). Some of the academy staff have mucked in too.

“At the moment it’s working but in an ideal scenario you’d have another body in.”

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