Leeds United: Boss Powell says Thompson could move to Elland Road

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Huddersfield Town manager Chris Powell has given a clear hint that Steve Thompson is in line to become Neil Redfearn’s assistant at Leeds United, saying Thompson’s switch to Elland Road “could happen.”

Powell claimed he was yet to receive a direct approach for his first-team coach but said the idea of Thompson quitting Huddersfield for Leeds had been “floated around for the last few weeks.” Thompson, who joined Town in the summer as assistant to former boss Mark Robins, is wanted by United head coach Redfearn as part of the backroom team at Thorp Arch.

The pair started their playing careers together at Bolton Wanderers in the 1980s and remain close friends.

Powell, pictured right, said: “Steve’s here and has not gone anywhere. He’s part of my coaching staff that I’d like to remain.

“I understand it’s been floated around for the last few weeks and I know Neil knows Steve very well and is looking for someone. So if we add it up, it may be something that could happen. I haven’t spoken to Neil and I’d like Steve to stay – but equally, I’ve been in this position before.

“If that comes up and there’s a possibility of him going then I’m sure he may want to talk to (Leeds). Then it will be his decision.”

Redfearn has been in his job as United’s full-time head coach for almost three weeks but the club are still to finalise the arrival of an assistant.