Sunday, June 06, 2010

Time's up for Thommo

A second farewell to Alan Thompson, who, having left the club as a player in 1993, has now left his position as reserve-team coach. He was drafted in two summers ago by King Kev, but has departed "by mutual consent", with rumours suggesting he's likely to pitch up in a coaching capacity at another former club, Celtic.

His replacement may be former Mackem left-back Martin Scott - though there are also suggestions that John Carver could be on his way back to Tyneside from Plymouth.

In other news, Steven Taylor's bought into the great American tradition of summer camp, setting up a personal one across the pond in the hope of being fully fit for the start of the new campaign.

Meanwhile, Chris Hughton has been promoting patience as a virtue in our close-season transfer dealings: "It’s an ongoing process. We have time to make these decisions, they don’t have to be made in the first few weeks. We’re just on the back of a very good season where we’ve won promotion and it’s now time to sit back and evaluate." On the one hand, it's reassuring to know we're not going to be panicked into making rash purchases (something we've been guilty of in the past), but on the other this policy leaves us open to losing out to others when quality players become available. West Brom's recent capture of a 28-year-old one-time Spanish international defender on a free transfer made me wince, for a start...


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Celtic supporter here.

Is Thommo a Newcastle fan?

I was wondering why he would leave the club which he supported as a youth to come back to us?

I'm delighted that he has, I'm just puzzled as to why?

10:38 pm  
Blogger Ben said...

Well, he's a Geordie so presumably a Newcastle fan. My guess is that he's just decided to move on to a new challenge, given that the man who brought him back to us is long gone.

10:59 pm  
Anonymous Chris said...

He is going to Celtic as he will become a first team coach... rather than reserve team as he was at Newcastle.

11:34 pm  

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