Former Newcastle Coach Ruthlessly Fired By Celtic

News today that Celtic have sacked 38 year-old former Newcastle player and coach Alan Thompson.

Alan Thompson with Neil Lennon in a recent photo

It seems that the Celtic first team coach was fired on Sunday night, in a telephone call with manager Neil Lennon, and that was just three weeks after Glasgow Celtic won the Scottish PL,  although another top Scottish club, Glasgow Rangers,  were deducted 10 points, which made it a bit easier.

The rumors are that the promising young coach, who born and bred in Newcastle, was sacked because of concerns over his lifestyle in Glasgow.

A statement on Celtic’s website read as follows:

“We can also confirm that a meeting was set up between Alan Thompson and Neil Lennon on Sunday June 3 in Newcastle.”

“However, Alan refused to meet with Neil, hence the reason for the discussion being conducted by telephone.”

“The matter is now in the hands of lawyers and, therefore, we are unable to go into any further details.”

Thompson’s lawyer is Margaret Gribbon, of Glasgow-based Bridge Litigation, and she had this to say in a statement:

“I can confirm that I have been instructed to act on behalf of Alan Thompson following his dismissal by Celtic FC.”

“Alan was informed of the decision to terminate his employment with immediate effect in a telephone conversation with the club manager Neil Lennon.’

Apparently Alan was on a yearly rolling contract at Celtic, and is therefore due no compensation, which is why legal action is being taken by Alan’s lawyers.

In February of last year,  Thompson was fined £600 and banned from driving for 16 months, after admitting a drunk-driving charge.

Thompson resigned from his Newcastle coaching position to join Celtic by Neil Lennon, in the summer of 2010, after he received an offer he said he couldn’t refuse.

Thompson  played for Newcastle 16 times, when he was a youngster from 1991 through 1993 – when he was 18 through 20 years old – and then he played at Bolton Wanderers and Aston Villa for the next seven years.

Thompson joined Celtic from Aston Villa in 2000, and he ended up playing over 160 games for the Glasgow giants, and scored 37 goals, and during that time he played once for England, back in 2004.

This is a big shock about Alan losing his first team coaching position at Celtic, as he was an outstanding young coach at Newcastle.

Comments welcome.

31 comments so far

  • cupiddstunt

    Jun 4, 2012 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #1

    Pitty I liked Thommo

  • gonufc (up and Hatem)

    Jun 4, 2012 at 9:41 PM

    Comment #2

    So what exactly did he do?

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jun 4, 2012 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #3

    Hmmm why was that thug lennon in tyneside? Forster?

  • Toonboy_84

    Jun 4, 2012 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #4

    Naughty naughty. What has he done?

  • timzrus

    Jun 4, 2012 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #5

    So, Thommo’s sacking is as “ruthless”, say, as that of Bobby Robson by Freddie Shepherd in 2004, or by Ashley on Chris Hughton a few years back, eh???

  • alip123

    Jun 4, 2012 at 10:38 PM

    Comment #6

    Has there been any actual news regarding the toon or is it just the normal paper speculation? I was gonna say someone will probably suggest that Messi is moving to Newcastle, but seems Ed has already said that 😀

    On another note, if we’re looking for a defender, what about Mussachio from Villareal? They just got relegated and when I’ve seen him (which hasn’t been very much!) he’s seemed quite solid.

  • Alinufc

    Jun 4, 2012 at 10:57 PM

    Comment #7

    Off topic and sorry to bring up this argument again (as I missed it earlier)

    I just don’t understand why so many are saying its a “necessity ” to get a decent lb and move santon to rb. I personally am scared of this as it would mean hba and santon on the same side. Admittedly would give us amazing attacking potential but santon has been a bit slow getting back sometimes, and I feel so much safer with spiderman protecting him :/

  • pizzicatochan

    Jun 4, 2012 at 11:02 PM

    Comment #8

    From the last post, who would think Adam Campbell and JJ Hooper are ready for next season?

  • studsy

    Jun 4, 2012 at 11:20 PM

    Comment #9

    Pizzi – I too think tey should get their chances after 70mins/league cup runs. Would love to see Abeid and Vuckic get some playing time too – think they are vital to us next season.

  • studsy

    Jun 4, 2012 at 11:23 PM

    Comment #10

    Would also be good to see tavernier get a run out. Really think that he will come through next season. He has played immense everywhere he has been!

  • Willow

    Jun 4, 2012 at 11:32 PM

    Comment #11

    toonarmydownsouth // Jun 4, 2012 at 9:58 PM – “why was that THUG lennon in tyneside?”. Eh? What exactly constitutes being a thug in Newcastle? Is NOT being a dirty player in your day? Is it getting attacked by assorted Rangers and Hearts supporting ACTUAL thugs? Is it being sent bombs and bullets by other Rangers fans? Go on, TADS, tell us why you called him a thug. Could it be that your ‘other’ team is one that is about to go bust?

    Back on topic … sad to see Tommo go. Rumours around Glasgow months ago were that his social life was a bit TOO social. Either way, I wish him well for the future.

  • gonufc (up and Hatem)

    Jun 4, 2012 at 11:40 PM

    Comment #12

    Got to say, heard things about Tavernier but still haven’t really seen a great deal. How good do people really think he is/ could be?

  • lisbonlions67

    Jun 5, 2012 at 12:36 AM

    Comment #13

    For some reason this NU blog seems to have a criticism in place for Celtic, the first British Team to win the European Cup. I have noticed a great deal of aggresion against my team and perhaps one of your regular contributors could explain to me why this is. Do your supporters follow the tax avoiding, contract breaking cheating team in Glasgow as a second team.

    Alan Thompson was a great player for Celtic and did a great job as one of Neil Lennon’s coaches. He spent a small amount of time at St. James Park and it seems strange to have an article on his demise. By all accounts, his lifestyle was not in keeping with a professional sportsmen. So he may be better off leaving.

    On another subject, there has been a lot of comments on Fraser Forster in the past and his time with Celtic. He is not that good and does not , in my opinion, deserve a contract with Scotland’s champions or with Newcastle. Perhaps the money would be better spent on the Mackems Criag Gordon – no transfer fee.

    I always wantNewcastle to do well. I was there a couple of years ago at home to Arsenal (1-1). Hate the amount of stairs in the Jackie Millburn Stand. But can some explain why there is a general dislike of Celtic. Have we done something to offend you?

  • nufc_eire

    Jun 5, 2012 at 1:12 AM

    Comment #14

    Fernando Gago is available for 7million euro (£5.7m) from Real Madrid. Would be a great buy if his wages were reasonable!!

  • nufc_eire

    Jun 5, 2012 at 1:14 AM

    Comment #15

    He’s meant to be on around £50,000 per week. Still could be within our reaches. A bit lower would be great

  • Sav

    Jun 5, 2012 at 2:50 AM

    Comment #16

    Thommo left for an offer he couldn’t turn down. Now he’s gone. A coach with young players should definitely not be charged with driving while drunk. If that was in Feb 2011, then this story implies there’s a whole lot more since. So it looks like we dodged a bullet and I don’t care how good a coach he might have been.. But anyway, like Joey, its not our problem. Lets give worselves a clap on the back and move on.

  • indian

    Jun 5, 2012 at 3:02 AM

    Comment #17

    question ….i see lads.saying Acon is every 2 years , then how come we lose ba, cisse and tiote in the coming season ? didn’t it happen this year ? so Acon is our worry the season after the coming season !

  • gonufc (up and Hatem)

    Jun 5, 2012 at 3:48 AM

    Comment #18

    @indian – because they decided they wanted to line it up to be in the same years as the Euros so had it in consecutive years. Seems ridiculous I know… Not sure why they didn’t just miss a year out, having it 2 years in a row surely devalues it a little? It certainly makes it less special and appealing.

  • ~Perchinho the Pheonix~

    Jun 5, 2012 at 3:48 AM

    Comment #19


    Because they have decided to switch the event to odd years (2013, 2015, 2017 etc)

  • Indian Magpie

    Jun 5, 2012 at 6:35 AM

    Comment #21

    Perchinho the Pheonix

    To even years 1.e. world cup and Euros years.

  • Indian Magpie

    Jun 5, 2012 at 7:11 AM

    Comment #22

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jun 5, 2012 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #23

    JFA…..Good morning. I believe he drowned in his own TeaPee! It’s early, so even that got a smile 🙂

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 5, 2012 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #24

    Good morning Ibiza,
    You are perfectly correct the poor chap did indeed drown in his Tea-pee after drinking 50 cups of tea before going to bed !

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jun 5, 2012 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #25

    First timzrus eds not a muppet so u can fcuk off

    Secondly willow hes a thug who thinks he can verbally abuse refs managers n players alike who also has punch ups with his counterpart managers hence the reason hes a mindless thug a sh1te manager and on average spends half the season banned from the touchline

    As for rangers being my second team and like someone else suggested most of our second team the answer is no not all, the SPL is, always has been and always will be the worst standard of ‘top flight’ football there ever has been so dont care if your celtic or rangers there both sh1t

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 5, 2012 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #26

    Good morning Ibiza,
    You are perfectly correct the poor chap did indeed drown in his Tea-pee after 2q&V26drinking 50 cups of tea before going to bed !

  • sweendog

    Jun 5, 2012 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #27

    lisbonlions67 .. I disagree with Tads .. Celtic are a good team with alot of history.. shame the rest of the leagues standard has dropped a bit ..
    lennon can be a bit full on but to call him a thug just shows the mentality of the person thinking that .. the main problem with Lennon is that Celtic are such a big team the press like to highlight things .. shame ..
    hope yous do well in the champions league to prove some doubters wrong.

  • MacToon

    Jun 5, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #28

    lisbonlions67, I cannot see it as a “blog” thing but obviously individuals will have their own opinions, I would agree more with sweendog than tads.

  • timzrus

    Jun 5, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #29

    toonarmydownsouth is clearly unable to express himself without resorting to expletives – a sure sign of a limited vocabulary.

    Yes, indeed, the SPL is not awash with the riches of the Premiership, however, how can you honestly describe it as the “worst standard” when, despite its lack of funds, both Celtic and Rangers have reached the final of a major European competition during the past nine years?

    Now I’m old enough to remember Bobby Moncur and Newcastle lifting the old Fairs Cup trophy in 1969, but how many European highlights have been experienced by the ‘Toon Army’ since then?

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jun 5, 2012 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #30

    Timzrus my initial reaction to you is about you calling the creator of tge blog a muppett now according to your last post and applying that principal to yourself you obviously struggle to construct an arguement without resorting to personal insults

    Sweendog my mentality behind calling lennon a thug was the ugly scenes which saw him and ally mcoist throwing punches at each other, now when barton does this hes is rightly labeled a thug so why not lennon? In the prem when chelsea players berate the officials because a decision hasnt gone there way they are labelled thugs to once again why not lennon? This is a manager who is continually banned from the technical area both in domestic and european competions thats my basis and as for celtics rich history that is all whitewashed by the fact that becausd of there fans they have been banned from the champions league and continually fined from the SPL for anti semetic chanting there an embarrasing team from a stone age league

  • timzrus

    Jun 6, 2012 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #31


    You totally bodyswerved my points about the Old Firm having reached European Finals over the past decade – I only mentioned it after your crass remarks about the standard of the SPL, something you clearly know nil about.

    So, just to reiterate, what European highlights HAVE the Toon Army experienced since 1969? We keep hearing the same expressions trotted out season after season, i.e. “sleeping giant” etc, but really, it’s about time it woke up, isn’t it? After all, with all that money compared to SPL teams you’d expect some kind of silverware in the trophy cabinet (is there one?) by now, wouldn’t you?

    Also, your remarks about Lennon and McCoist are wildly exaggerated – they were not “throwing punches at each other” – you seem to have an extremely vivid imagination?


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