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Steve Thompson to join Leeds United

Leeds United have confirmed the appointment of Steve Thompson as the club's new assistant head coach. He joins Neil Redfearn’s backroom staff with immediate effect after signing a contract until the end of the season, with the option of a further year.

Steven Thomspon and Neil Redfearn Credit: Leeds United

Thompson arrives at Elland Road from Huddersfield Town, where he was first-team coach under Chris Powell after initially assisting Mark Robins earlier this season. United say he will be assisting on all first team matters, with his first game in the dug-out coming away to Nottingham Forest on Saturday.

Thompson and Redfearn have known each other for over 30 years, having both started their professional careers together at Bolton Wanderers back in 1982.

The 50-year-old brings a wealth of experience having made over 650 senior appearances in a 20-year playing career before beginning his coaching career in 2005 with Blackpool as Head of the Youth Department.

Leeds loss disappoints Redfearn

Leeds head coach Neil Redfearn believed that his side lacked a cutting edge as United lost their second consecutive game to Fulham.

Neil Redfearn Credit: Press Association

Hugo Rodallega put away his ninth of the season as Leeds were beaten 1-0 at Elland Road - outshining expensive sidekick Ross McCormack who was back in Yorkshire for the first time since his £11 million transfer.

It was Leeds' second loss in a row, rendering their fine 2-0 win over Derby a fortnight ago a distant memory.

And while defeat was Neil Redfearn's first at Elland Road as manager, the ongoing situation with soon-to-be-banned owner Massimo Cellino means a dark mood lingers over the club.

He said: "I'm disappointed with the result and for the first time today, at home, we lacked that conviction and that devil.

"I thought our passing was a little bit tatty and we left ourselves open on the counter-attack.

"We got ourselves to that stage where we had some momentum at home but I thought we looked tentative in and around the box; the final pass didn't quite happen and when it did we didn't have someone in the box."

Leeds are 19th in the table and Redfearn - who took over at the start of November - feels any defeats on his watch carry extra weight.

"Whatever headway you make, when you do get a blip it magnifies the defeat. But we have made it better and are playing better," he said


Rodallega downs Leeds on McCormack return

Hugo Rodallega earned Fulham a hard-fought 1-0 win at Leeds as United slipped to their second straight Championship defeat.

Fulham striker Hugo Rodallega (right) celebrates scoring the winner against Leeds Credit: Press Association

On a day which could have been all about Rodallega's strike partner, the Colombian made sure it was he who took the headlines as Fulham recovered from last week's 5-0 mauling against Watford.<

Forward Ross McCormack was back at Elland Road for the first time since a bitter summer exit and an #11million transfer to the Cottagers, and when he was given the captain's armband it appeared set for him to shine.

But it was Rodellega who got the job done, scoring on the hour as Fulham's recent win one, lose one run stretched to five games.

Leeds offered little in response, their 2-0 victory over Derby a fortnight ago now a distant memory with last week's 4-1 loss to Ipswich and this defeat giving boss Neil Redfearn plenty to ponder.

The goal was a rare moment of class throughout a poor game - the first half in particular failing to get going.

The best chances of it fell to the home side, with Sam Byram involved in both.

The full-back got into the box 13 minutes in after some neat interplay between Adryan and Alex Mowatt, but his shot from the right side flashed across and just wide.

Byram then swung in a cross which Mowatt leapt to meet only to see his header hit the bar and then thud into beaten keeper Gabor Kiraly on the way down before going out of play.

McCormack had Fulham's best opportunity but, after looking like he was in on goal when chasing up a long ball, he lost his footing and Liam Cooper cleared.

Fulham were better at the start of the second half and Jason Pearce did well to clear up after McCormack got into the box and cut back, and it was not unexpected to see them take the lead on the hour.

Lasse Vigen Christensen took the ball on the chest on the right of the area, slipped past Tommaso Bianchi and pulled back for Rodallega who did the rest from six yards.

Adryan should have got Leeds level but failed to properly connect with what was a four-yard free header from a Billy Sharp cross, while Rodallega should have put Leeds to bed after a counter attack but hit wildly behind from close range.

He would not be made to pay, though, and Fulham saw it out with some ease, as Leeds also lost key defender Stephen Warnock to a hamstring injury.

Kammy: Cellino ban could threaten Leeds future

Former Leeds United midfielder Chris Kamara believes that the Football League's decision to temporarily disqualify Massimo Cellino from being a club director could be damaging for the club.

Chris Kamara Credit: Press Association

Cellino was disqualified after the Football League received a written judgement which they claim proved the Italian's failure to pay import tax on a yacht in his home country was a dishonest act.

But Kamara believes that Cellino has been treated unfairly.

He told Ladbrokes: “I think it’s harsh in the first place that Leeds have been made a bit of an example of with regards to the Fit and Proper Persons Test.

“Massimo Cellino has put £23m of his own money into Leeds United Football Club and anyone who invests that type of money deserves the opportunity to carry out their duties.

“It’s just a shame that Leeds are the first club who have been put through the ringer because of this test and it’s something that may threaten the future of the football club.

“The Football League believes they’ve got good cause to hammer Cellino because of the outcome of his court case in Italy but they should’ve made sure that was nipped in the bud before allowing him to invest such a large amount into the club. What will the consequences be now?"

Police want to trace Leeds fans after disorder

Police have released CCTV images of six men they want to speak to following disorder at the Blackburn v Leeds football match in November.

Police want to identify these men following disorder at last month's Blackburn v Leeds Championship game Credit: Lancashire Police
Police want to identify these men following disorder at last month's Blackburn v Leeds Championship game Credit: Lancashire Police

The match took place at Ewood Park on Saturday 22 November 2014.

Shortly after the match finished, a small section of who are believed to be Leeds supporters engaged the police in acts of disorder.

A post-match investigation was launched and officers have identified a number of men they would like to speak to in connection with the incident.

Police want to identify these men following disorder at last month's Blackburn v Leeds Championship game Credit: Lancashire Police

“Several thousand Leeds fans attended the match and the vast majority of fans were good spirited and well behaved.

The incidents in question were very clearly down to a small section of the travelling Leeds supporters who took it upon themselves to target their anger at the police.

“Some of the individuals were acting in an extremely aggressive manner, trying to kick police dogs and pull officers’ batons. "Fortunately, incidents like this are very rare but when they do occur we take a zero tolerance approach.

"We cannot afford to let the actions of a minority spoil games like these for the true fans and to behave like this towards the police is wholly unacceptable.

“People need to know that if they come to Lancashire and cause trouble in this way we will go out of our way to ensure they are brought to justice so that we can maintain the safety of the attending families, supporters and our officers.

“If anyone has any information about the incident or recognises any of the six men pictured in the CCTV images I would urge them to contact us.”

– Det Sgt Eric Halford, Lancashire Police

Cellino to comply with League ban - pending his appeal

Leeds United's Italian owner Massimo Cellino has said he will stand down as a director of the club to prevent the club from incurring sanctions during his appeal against his Football League disqualification.

Leeds United owner massimo cellino is to stand down as a director of the club pending his appeal against his Football League disqualification Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Cellino was disqualified by the League on December 1 after the governing body annunced that he was in breach of its Owners and Directors test due to a tax conviction in Italy.

Cellino told Calendar he is to appeal against his disqualification , which would run until March 18 2015 - the date on which his conviction is spent under UK law.


Redfearn: No excuses for Leeds defeat

Leeds Head Coach Neil Redfearn refused to blame off-field issues after United were thrashed 4-1 at in-form Ipswich.

Neil Redfearn Credit: Press Association

A dismal week for Leeds, which saw owner Massimo Cellino asked to step down by the Football League after breaching its owners' and directors' test, got worse on the pitch.

They were hit by goals either side of half-time and offered little in a dismal second-half performance which saw Ipswich comfortably stride to an impressive three points.

But Leeds boss Neil Redfearn does not believe that matters off the pitch were an excuse for the performance

When asked about Cellino, Redfearn said: "That would be an excuse. We have had all week to prepare and whatever happens (with Cellino) is for the powers that be at Leeds United.

"After such a great performance against Derby last week (winning 2-0), it is disappointing to come back down to earth with a bump.

"Our performances were gradually picking up week-on-week, but today was an off day.

"Ipswich are a good side, they are second in the table for a reason. We started brightly with a well-taken goal but we took our foot off the pedal for whatever reason.

"You can't come to places like Ipswich Town and give sides a leg-up - but that's what we did."

Leeds lose heavily at Ipswich

Striker Mirko Antenucci's goal was not enough as Leeds United went down 4-1 to in-form Ipswich Town at Portman Road.

Leeds striker Mirco Antenucci's goal was mere consolation Credit: Press Association

The visitors actually took the lead when Mirko Antenucci scored after just four minutes.

But their lead lasted just eight minutes, Daryl Murphy grabbing the first of his two goals, and Leeds never recovered.

David McGoldrick stroked home a penalty to give Ipswich the lead before Murphy scored his 13th of the season just before half-time and any hope of an unlikely comeback was ended in the 48th minute when Tommy Smith scored number four.

Ipswich comfortably saw the second half out as Leeds offered little in the way of either resistance or potency.

Leeds took the lead with just four minutes on the clock. Stephen Warnock was released into the area and the away skipper had the simple task of rolling the ball across the goal for Antenucci to tap in.

But in-form Ipswich were level soon afterwards, Luke Chambers' decent cross being met by the prolific Murphy to head past Marco Silvestri.

Murphy went close to doubling his tally five minutes later when he met Jay Tabb's corner but his goalbound shot was blocked by Jason Pearce.

Ipswich took the lead for the first time in the 26th minute when Warnock went from hero to villain after needlessly bundling over Paul Anderson following Jay Tabb's hopeful ball forward.

McGoldrick made no mistake from 12 yards, calmly placing the penalty into the left-hand corner as Silvestri went the other way.

A minute later it was almost three when Murphy fired wide from close range following Stephen Hunt's knockdown.

Ipswich were in the ascendancy and, six minutes before the break, the dangerous McGoldrick almost added a third after taking control of Tabb's decent through-ball but shooting just wide of the far post.

And on the stroke of half-time, the home side did get their third of the afternoon courtesy of top scorer Murphy.

The striker latched onto a through-ball from Anderson to break into the box and side-foot low beyond Silvestri.

Ipswich started the second half on the front foot, winning a succession of corners and grabbing a fourth goal when Tommy Smith met Hunt's delivery. Berra may have applied the finishing touch at the far post but the New Zealand international claimed the goal.

Murphy then came close to securing his hat-trick with a neat flick volley that Silvestri pushed away at his near post.

Chances were few and far between in the final half-hour, although Liam Cooper almost diverted into his own net late on after a mazy run by sub Teddy Bishop before Chambers headed wide from Kevin Bru's corner.

Casper thinks Leeds disappearance is "weird"

Leeds United midfielder Casper Sloth has described life as being "weird" at the Elland Road club after sitting on the sidelines for over a month.

Leeds United midfielder Casper Sloth Credit: Press Association

The 22-year-old joined United in the summer and made nine appearances under former coaches David Hockaday and Darko Milanic.

But since Neil Redfearn has taken charge of Leeds, Sloth has seen just 17 minutes of action, despite being fully fit.

And the former Aarhus player says he has no idea why he isn't being given game time.

Sloth told Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet."I am fit to play. I have not been injured. Actually, I have not missed a single training session. I hope to get into the team again as soon as possible."

Sloth started five of his first six games at Leeds but has now not played for a month, although he insists there has been no fall out with Redfearn.

He added."No, not at all. When he was here the first time I played all the matches and since he came back a month ago, I have not played. It's really weird."

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