New Celtic coach Alan Thompson has told the press he has had no doubts whatsoever about leaving Newcastle United.
Alan Thompson – glad to join Celtic
Alan has been appointed first team coach at the Scottish powerhouse, where he played around 160 times for the Glasgow club, with 37 goals, and he has said he couldn’t wait to get north of the border.
Alan talked about his move north:
“Newcastle is a special place and a unique club but my memories of playing for Celtic made it a no-brainer when I was asked to come back and coach the club.”
“I’d have been here at the end of last season if it was possible but I couldn’t gamble my job at St James’ Park on an eight-game trial period.”
“We’ve got a nucleus of good players at the club and the manager will buy well. It was my ambition to return and I believe we can do well together.
“The job we have is to convince the Celtic fans to believe in us and fill the stadium once again.”
Alan will work under new Celtic manager Neil Lennon and they were tem-mates when both played for the Scottish Giants, and Neil was appointed manager on a caretaker basis for the last eight games of the season.
It seems from Alan’s comments, that Neil asked him to help him out up there at that time, in late March, but Thompson thought it a little risky until Neil got the job full time – which has now happened.
Celtic fired former WBA manager Tony Mowbray on 25th March 2010, and at that time Lennon was appointed caretaker manager for the remainder of the 2009-10 season, and he appointed former team-mate Johan Mjällby as his assistant.
Celtic then won all of their remaining league games under Lennon, but they did have an embarrassing 2–0 defeat to First Division side Ross County in the Scottish Cup.
It’s a good opportunity for Alan and we wish him all the best and would not be too surprised if he becomes a top coach to see him back at Newcastle in some coaching capacity in the future.