Leeds United: Leeds still want Steve

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Neil Redfearn is continuing to push for the appointment of Steve Thompson as his coaching assistant, with Leeds United’s boss hopeful that the club are finally on the verge of a deal.

Redfearn has been chasing Thompson since taking on the head coach’s job at Leeds last month but Thompson is part of the coaching staff at Huddersfield and a dispute over compensation between the two teams has prevented the 50-year-old from joining United.

Thompson is understood to favour a switch to Elland Road and an opportunity to work with Redfearn, someone he played alongside as a youngster at Bolton Wanderers in the 1980s.

Town’s position is believed to have softened this week, raising the prospect of an agreement, and Redfearn said: “We’re getting to that point now where hopefully something will give.

“It has dragged on but it’s dragged on for the right reasons – because we’ve done it properly.

“We’ve tried to do the right thing and go through the front door. The club’s been in discussions with another club.”

Redfearn has worked without a number two for all of his five games in charge, relying on goalkeeping coach Neil Sullivan and fitness coach Matt Pears for assistance.

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