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Thompson confirmed as assistant

18 February 2017

Lee Clark confirms Alan Thompson as his assistant manager.

Following Saturday’s 2-1 victory at Chesterfield, manager Lee Clark confirmed to the media that Alan Thompson had been appointed as his new assistant manager.
 
A former midfielder with over 500 appearances to his name, Thompson began his career with Newcastle United before moving to the North West with Bolton Wanderers. He left Bolton in 1998 to join Aston Villa where he made 46 appearances for moving north of the border to join Celtic. Alan spent seven years in Scotland before returning to England with Leeds United, initially on loan. He finished playing in 2008, following a loan spell at Hartlepool United, and represented England on one occasion in 2004.
 
The move into coaching came soon after retiring from playing when he joined Newcastle United as academy coach before moving up the ladder to Reserve team coach at St James Park.
 
He returned north of the border in 2010 to re-join Celtic, this time as first team coach under Neil Lennon. After leaving Celtic in 2010, he joined Birmingham City as development squad coach under Lee Clark.
 
Speaking after Saturdays game, Lee Clark said: “Alan is a man of great experience, both as a player and as an assistant. He had spells with me at both Birmingham and Blackpool, but was also very successful at Celtic with Neil Lennon.
 
“He has a great knowledge of the game and, coupled with the staff who are already here, I am looking forward to working with them all. I’ve had an enjoyable first couple of days here. 
 
“Chris Brass will be with us going forward, he is Bury through and through, even though he still has that Geordie accent! He knows the club, he knows the players and he is very helpful in terms of getting things done behind the scenes, but he is also very important pitch side as well.”


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