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.
“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.
“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.