Where Are They Now? Alan Thompson

  • June 20, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Former Bolton midfielder Alan Thompson is back in football, after being handed the role of Senior Professional Development Coach at Birmingham City.

Thompson, who played for Wanderers between 1993 and 1998, retired from the game in 2008 and has since worked in coaching roles at Newcastle United and Celtic, respectively.

Having worked his way through the academy ranks at Newcastle - his hometown club - Thompson made his senior debut for the Magpies in 1991 and made a total of 36 appearances before moving to Bolton in July 1993.

He went on to enjoy five successful years with the Trotters - winning promotion to the Premier League on two separate occasions, playing and scoring in a League Cup final and going down in history as the first ever goalscorer at the Reebok Stadium.

Following relegation back to Division One, Tommo, as he was known by Wanderers supporters, joined Aston Villa in a £4.5million deal in June 1998, but he failed to produce the sort of form that saw him earn the move and he was sold to Celtic two years later for £2.75million.

Thompson would go on to spend the next seven years at Parkhead, playing 228 times for the Scottish giants - scoring 51 times. He was on the losing side in the 2003 UEFA Cup final, but did score the only goal as Celtic won the Scottish Cup against Dundee United in 2005. His form in Scotland also saw him called up to the England squad, for whom he won one cap - against Sweden, in 2004.

After falling out of favour under the management of Gordon Strachan, Thompson was loaned to Leeds United in January 2007 and made the move permanent later that year. He played just 25 games for the Whites, scoring five times, before ending his playing career on loan at Hartlepool United.

With his boots hung up, Thompson entered the coaching profession in 2008 by taking up the role of Academy Coach at Newcastle United. He was promoted to Reserve Team Coach in 2009, but left St James' Park on 2010, allowing him to take up the role of First Team Coach at Celtic. He held that role until June 2012, when he was controversially sacked.

After two years out of the game, Thompson has linked up with Lee Clark at Birmingham. He will take up the role of Professional Development Coach with immediate effect, a move Clark sees as a vital step towards securing the future of the Blues.

"I am delighted to have Alan on board in what was a very difficult decision with outstanding candidates," Clark told Birmingham City's official website.

"His passion and desire stood out but also his knowledge of working at a club like Celtic - both as a player and a coach - where there are huge expectations.

"He has experience at all levels of coaching in senior football. We are delighted to welcome him to Birmingham City and to help continue the pathway for our young players to the first-team."

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