It’s always good to see former Newcastle players and local lads come back to coach at the club, once they retire.
Alan Thompson – while at Celtic
And that’s happened for two local boys this pre-season, with 34 year-old Alan Thompson now joining Robbie Elliott coaching at their home town club.
Robbie took up a position as Fitness coach recently and Alan Thompson will be coaching the impressive youngsters at the Academy, as he gains his licenses to coach at higher levels in the future.
The former Newcastle United, Celtic, Bolton and Aston Villa Villa star Thompson gets the formal position of Newcastle Academy coach.
The midfielder started his career with Newcastle back in 1991, but left the club when he was just 20 years old, when a certain Kevin Keegan had just started his first management spell at the club.
Alan played 16 times for Newcastle, but went on to play 157 times for Bolton and 158 times for Celtic, scoring exactly 37 goals at both clubs – and he gained one England cap four years ago against Sweden.
Alan made over 400 first team appearances at 6 different clubs and scored a total of 84 goals – not too shabby at all.
Alan finally decided to retire in the summer, and we’re very pleased to see the local lad back at the club.
Now we have to win that FA Youth Cup next season, to go with the times we last won it in 1985 (Gascoigne) and 1962 (Moncur, Craig).
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