Newcastle Coach Thompson To Leave Newcastle For Celtic

If Neil Lennon gets the appointment as Celtic’s new manager then it looks like Newcastle coach Alan Thompson, his former team-mate at Celtic, is expected to join him at Parkhead.

Alan Thompson – leaving for Celtic?

Lennon is looking to put together his management team, and his former Celtic colleague is said to be a key part of his plans.

The Daily Mail is reporting today that Thompson has already told Chris Hughton at Newcastle that he will want to leave for north of the border if as expected Neil Lennon gets the Celtic job.

Thompson was hired at Newcastle in the summer of 2008, as an Academy coach, but last year was also involved fully with the Newcastle Reserve team and has done very well indeed in his first two years of coaching, and this will be a good step up for the Newcastle-born coach.

The expectations are that Neil Lennon will be officially appointed the new manager at Parkhead by the end of this week, and the former Leicester City and Celtic player is trying to put his management team in place by then.

Alan had a terrific playing career, which started in 1991 at his home-town club Newcastle, which he left for Bolton (157 appearances – 37 goals) when he was just 19.

He joined Celtic in 2000 from Aston Villa,  and ended up playing 158 times for the Scottish powerhouse with 37 goals – a record almost identical to his record at Bolton Wanderers.

It will be a pity to lose Alan, as he looks an excellent coach and potential manager in the making, but this will be a good chance for him, and id he does leave Newcastle we wish him the very best.

Comments welcome.

4 comments so far

  • Ericles

    Jun 1, 2010 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #1

    I wish him all the best if that is what he really wants. If he goes he will be the second Geordie to leave the fold in the last few weeks. I reckoned Thompson was a fine addition to our set-up but now it looks as though we are going to lose him too.
    How much more, how many more, until the fat man goes himself?

  • G

    Jun 1, 2010 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #2


  • Toon Sweden77

    Jun 1, 2010 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #3

    Lennon has had Johan Mjallby as assistent manager so if Thompson is to get a coach-job at Celtic then CH should promote him from reservcoach to firstteam coach to make him stay!

  • Ericles

    Jun 1, 2010 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #4

    Agreed Toon Sweden77. Good idea!


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