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Alan Thompson delighted at academy role

NEWCASTLE UNITED new Academy coach Alan Thompson has revealed his delight at returning to the club where he started his career.

The retired midfielder hung up his boots in the summer after an action-packed career with the Magpies, Bolton Wanderers, Aston Villa, Celtic and Leeds United to concentrate on coaching.

His former boss Kevin Keegan handed him his first rung on the coaching ladder with a role looking after the club’s under-15s and under-16s.

Thompson said: “I am back at Newcastle now.

“I have only been here a few weeks and it is good to be back. I am really enjoying it.”

Thompson, however, dusted off his boots just months after retiring from the game to star in the North West Masters – but did not advance beyond the group stages with Bolton.

The Geordie, though, was still one of the best players in the tournament and scored a series of spectacular goals with his trust left foot.

Speaking on the regional heats of the six-a-side indoor tournament, won by Manchester City, he said: “The competition is all about having a strategy.

“It is very important to keep hold of the ball and tiring the opposition out.

“With Bolton we had some stamina in the team and it always helps towards the end of games.”

The grand final of the event is in September at the Birmingham NEC.

Meanwhile, United’s Academy play their first game of their German tour later today.

The Magpies are staying in the city of Duisburg in the Ruhr area and will play three friendly matches against German opposition.

Kenny Wharton’s lads take on Bayer Leverkusen today before a clash with MSV Duisburg on Thursday (5pm) and VFL Bochum on Saturday (1pm).

The first two matches take place at the Sports School of Duisburg (Sportschule Duisburg) and the third game will be played in Bochum.

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