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.