News today that local boy Alan Thompson, who played for Newcastle from 1991 to 1993, will be returning to the club as a coach with the Newcastle Academy.
Alan Thompson – in his Celtic days
Alan was born in Newcastle Upon Tyne and was sold when he was just 20 years old by Kevin Keegan to Bolton Wanderers, for whom he played 157 times and scored 37 goals.
Reports today in the Evening Chronicle say that that Dennis Wise, who is also responsible for developing youngsters at the club, will bring Alan Thompson back to St Jamesâ€™ Park.
The 34-year-old Thompson will take a coaching role, looking after a specific age group at the Newcastle Academy, as he gets the coaching badges necessary for a career in coaching.
We wonder how Dennis Wise’s responsibilities interact with those of Joe Joyce, who is Manager of the Academy? We’re not clear how that works.
Alan went onto Aston Villa from Bolton in 1998, where he played 46 times with 4 goals and then played for Celtic from 2000-2007. He played for the Scottish Giants a total of 158 times scoring 37 times.
Alan is currently at Leeds but on loan to Hartlepool United. He received one cap for England in 2004.
It’s always good to have local lads coming back to the club, since they know what it’s all about, and we are pleased that Alan is coming back home.