Introducing Alan Thompson – A Top Young Coach In The Making

We always think it’s great when former Newcastle players return to the club, following their successful playing careers, especially if they are born and bred in Newcastle.

Alan Thompson – top young coach at Newcastle

And recently that has been true with Alan Thompson, who joined the coaching staff in July of 2008, and has endured two sensational seasons on Tyneside, but for very different reasons.

But Alan seems convinced Newcastle are on a definite upward track towards future success, and Alan told the Evening Chronicle today:

“There’s going to be doubters.” “At the start of this season there were doubters saying we’d struggle, and might slide down the dirt to League One.”

“It’s up to the players to prove those doubters wrong, like they did this season.” “I’m sure they will.”

Thompson was born and bred in Newcastle, and had a great career at Newcastle, Bolton, Aston Villa and Celtic,  before finishing off his career at Leeds United and Hartlepool United.

Alan was a midfielder who played a total of 408 first class games, with 84 goals and a single England cap.

He is thought to be one of the best up-and-coming young coaches around, and has done really well in his first two seasons at the Newcastle club, and has used his vast experience in the game to bring on our top young players at the club.

Now just 36, Alan was a youngster but part of the squad that won promotion back in 1992/1993 under the great Kevin Keegan, but left the club for Bolton Wanderers in 1993, when he was just 19 years old.

Alan continued:

“It’s been good, albeit from a reserve-team level. Just being around the first-team in certain away games, and nearly every home game.”

“I’ve been around the dressing room, and I’m learning. It’s early days for me, but it’s been a pleasure to be around Chris, Colin and the squad this season.”

Alan seems convinced that a few of Newcastle’s current youngsters, who of course reached the semi-final of the FA Youth Cup for the 3rd time in 5 years, are ready to play in the first team squad,  as early as next season.

Youngsters such as Stephen Folan, Brad Inman, Phil Airey and Haris Vuckic will all be pushing to be part of the senior squad next season, and it could be that some of them will go out on loan to get first class games, as part of their football  development.

Alan continued:

“These lads are going to play for a Premier League club next season.”  “That’s what it should be, and one or two might be knocking on the door.”

It’s an exciting time at the Newcastle United club right now – there’s no doubt at all about that.

And it’s not only good young players we currently have on Tyneside, but good young up-and-coming coaches too.

Comments welcome.

14 comments so far

  • Chris F

    May 6, 2010 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #1

    He was a good player in his time at Celtic, where he arguably played his best football.

    Wouldn’t really say he was one who slipped through the net at the Toon, just seemed to blossom elsewhere (let’s face it, he was never gonna keep ginola out of the team)

    Good to see him doing a good job with the academy and youth sides though. It’s the sort of role i could see Nicky butt taking up at the club if he decides to retire from playing altogether.

  • henok

    May 6, 2010 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #2

    Ya he is great but I still can’t see why we won’t use them look at Ben hag 8 apperance 7 goals going to be relesed …calum Morris …under 21 player good CB being relesed …do u remeber 3 years ago we relesed chris gate why on earth did they do that I say if he had a chance he would have been great ….well I hope they will not relese donaldson,philip andspecialy Inman …and I really hope Inman will get atleast more than 20 apperance for the 1st team next year

  • Xenarious

    May 6, 2010 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #3

    We should try and keep him as our youth coach if he is doing well and developing the players. Steve Bould and Neil Banfield stays at Arsenal to c oach their youth squads. Same with Tottenham’s Alex Inglethorpe, who is doing an excellent job.

    I wouldn’t like to see our club just be known for promising youth coaches to come and leave every few years. If he is doing a good job, then the club should recognise it and give him a pay rise.

  • Ericles

    May 6, 2010 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #4

    I see CH is reported as saying on Sky Sports News that he does not envisage many players coming in. Now we know what the result of his (getting his orders) talk with Ashley was about. The squad needs some strengthening with pace and imagination. So it seems any talk by the fans about who is coming in will be a waste of time. At the moment I do not see CH shifting his arse much – far too little, far too late seems to be whats on the agenda.

  • Newutd

    May 6, 2010 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #5

    Just read that too, Ericles. I think that Ashley, who I guess don’t have too much expertise in football, feels that a squad that were so dominating in the Championship will manage with ease in the PL.

    When Ameobi scores almost one in every game,you know there is a big difference in the quality..

  • Newutd

    May 6, 2010 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #6

    Every players salary in West Ham:

    Jack Collison
    James Tomkins
    Maybe Junior Stanislas

    Looks possible buys.

  • Newutd

    May 6, 2010 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #7

    Aaah, forget it…….
    Thought I had struck gold her, but no.

    “West Ham United can confirm the newspaper article published this morning in the Daily Star, relating to alleged player and staff wages is not based on any club document, the figures contained within it are totally inaccurate and the document is a hoax.

    The Daily Star made no attempt to validate the document with the club prior to publishing it. The club would also like to state that it would never disclose such confidential information in the public domain.

    West Ham United will make no further comment with the matter now in the hands of the club¹s lawyers and the Press Complaints Commission.”

  • Ericles

    May 6, 2010 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #8

    We missed out on Moses (the footballer that is) and that is telling. Moses would be a developing player in the Premiership. He ain’t on our side when he could have been. We will have a mountain to climb (and I am still not on about the other Moses) next season without a definite and timely effort to increase the pace of the team – we need width and quality asap. No good waiting in the wings like some shy debutante.

  • lesh

    May 6, 2010 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #9

    C’mon Ericles and newutd…. don’t start getting impatient already – the season’s not even over yet let alone the new one near beginning.

    Face it, the club is not rich and Ashely’s trying to get its finances to realistic proportions.

    Let’s ponder for a moment on football fiannces and as examples Leeds United, Southampton and more recently, Portsmouth. Newcastl United could have been there to under the previous regime.

    Being realistic, I do expect some reinforcements to the squad but for sure, they’ll not be showboat signings.

    The key to next season is that the fans don’t expect miracles in our first season back in the Prem.

    I know it sounds very negative, but if next season’s aim is to avoid relegation, then doing so will be a success.

    We must be patient with the club’s progress and take one step at a time…. learn to walk before trying to run. We don’t want to become a yo-yo club do we? Neither do we want to see admininstration as an option?

    Keep supporting the cause and for goodness sake, don’t start baying for blood already – that will surely kill the club.

    Onwards and upwards for the lads? Yes, yes, yes!

  • Ericles

    May 6, 2010 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #10

    Of course we must back CH and trust he will bring in a few players who will be worthy additions to the squad. I agree next season must be one of consolidation but still we can aim for a good couple of cup runs. It is foolhardy to imagine we will be challenging the top 5 or 6 clubs. That does not mean we cannot sting their tails at St James Park. A relegation battle I am convinced will be somebody else’s fight – not ours! Not to lose at home next season will do us well again.

  • peterktoon

    May 6, 2010 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #11
    Ed hope I you’ll will write an article about how good friends the players are

  • peterktoon

    May 6, 2010 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #12

    *Ed I hope*

  • baro

    May 6, 2010 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #13

    Egypt winger Ahmed Al Muhammad was reported to have agreed to a move to Sunderland yesterday. But, today both teams said these are false. Nothing is agreed and the player is not coming to Sunderland. Than it says we want him. They call him the “Egyptian Cristiano Ronaldo” and he plays right back. Rated about 2-3 million.

    Its at the bottom of the page. But, again its the Daily Mail.

  • baro

    May 6, 2010 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #14

    As far as seeing his highlights he looks really quick and skillfullllll. Now I see that they call him Cristiano Ronaldo. He would be just what we need.

    Jose Enrique and Jonas on the left is already set. They can create a goal.

    Routledge has tremendous speed while Simpson does but doesnt really like to attack, plays more defensive all game. Ahmed Al Muhammad on the right with Wayne Routledge would bring tons of danger for the opposition.


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