By Keith Ingham
This week I've been luckily involved with two Leeds United programmes on two different radio stations this week and on both the mood amongst the other guests were mostly positive about the on field matters but slightly worried that the feel good around could diminish if certain factors happened.
Today, Thursday the 2nd of April one of those factors happened. Steve Thompson was 'suspended' and according to most sources his services would no longer be needed after this period of suspension. The reason, well your guess is as good as mine. The one thing that was certain, Neil Redfearn was not in the 'know' and seemed totally at a loss to understand this decision. In fact he basically made it known that he is uncertain if he actually wants to carry on in his role as Head Coach. Every person, whatever profession has a point where circumstances outside his control have a direct consequence on him doing his job and he must be thinking is it all worth it. He's Leeds but he's a proud man and after this he must really wonder if he's really the man the Italian wants after all.
You only have to look at what was happening before Redfearn came into the job, it's incredible that any club that wants success can be so disrespectful of such a honest man and one that is doing a bloody good job. With Thompson alongside him players that seemed out in the cold came into the team and together as a unit this worked and a upturn in the clubs results followed, just look at the results since the pair came together. Leeds are in the top six in the form table with a team that held it's own against the top teams in the Championship. With a impressive amount of academy players playing so well.
More worryingly is the rumour that certain players knew about Thompson's removal before their coach did, link this with the confirmed rumour the the Head Coach has been told not to pick Mirco Antenucci because if the striker gets a certain amount of goals he is guaranteed another twelve month contract, seemingly something the Italian is apposed to.
You really couldn't make this up because nobody would believe this could happen when the club was moving in a upward direction.
To leave it to Neil Redfearn to face the press alone is scandalous, the faceless Salerno and Umbers hiding probably in the East Stand. Salerno is leaving in the summer and good riddance to bad rubbish as all but a few of the players he brought in have been a failure. It is hoped that Umbers crawls into the hole where he came from. As for the Italian he is certainly pulling the strings and that itself goes against the ruling by the Football League who said he must distance himself until his ban is completed. Let's hope that the court in Italy convicts him of another tax fraud and we might just see the back of the charlatan !.
One thing that seems blatantly clear is 'whoever' is running the club is clearly not 'fit and proper' to run a sweet shop never mind a football club with a glorious past.
Mr Cellino you've done the impossible in fans eyes, turning on the best thing to happen to Leeds United in years.
Bloody shame on you !!.