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.