Richard Money was on a secret spying mission last night (wonder who he was watching?), and both Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood were seen at the Hull City – Spurs game, scouting Hull City.
Alan Thompson – during his time at Celtic
So last night young Newcastle-born Academy coach Alan Thompson was in charge of our Reserves side, as they registered their 6th win in the last 7 games.
Thompson joined the Newcastle coaching staff lkast summer as a coach at the club’s Academy, and last night he took charge of the second-string for the first time.
And the 35-year-old (he could probably still do a decent job as a player) proved to be an able deputy as Newcastle won their 3rd game in a row with another very young side, including 5 Academy players.
The late winner, and a hat-trick for Gosforth-born Mark Doninger was just reward for a display which had seen the hosts dominate proceedings from the beginning but then amazingly give up a 2 goals lead in just 6 minutes in the second half.
And Thompson told nufcTV today:
“I think 2-2 would’ve been unfair really because for the first 75 minutes we were by far the better team.” “To be fair to Middlesbrough they did get it back level but we dug in and got a deserved winner.”
“It was Mark who got it and I thought that was just reward for an excellent performance, his all-round game was good apart from his hat-trick.”
“We had five lads who played 90 minutes for the Academy down at Derby on Saturday (we won 4-2), and they haven’t had much time to recover before facing a strong Middlesbrough side.”
“But fair play to them, they put in a real good shift and even when it went to 2-2 they stuck in.” “I was delighted for the lads when the third went in because they really deserved it.”
And, of his own 100% coaching record (one game in charge – one win)?
“I’m not too sure about that,” “But it was nice to take charge of the lads and a good start.”
“I’ve been back here six or seven months and I’m enjoying it.”
“It’s hard work, you don’t finish at 1 o’clock like when you were a player, but I’m loving it and it’s great to be back.”
Alan, that’s because you were spoiled as a player, and the real work obviously starts when you are a coach. How many working people today quit at 1:00 pm? 😀
It would be good to see Alan coming through the coaching ranks, and it’s always good to have local lads returning to the Newcastle club, after their playing careers are over, really good.