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LEGEND: Alan Thompson Heading Back to Bolton?

Former Wanderers and Celtic midfielder Thompson is out of a job - will his old pal Lenny oblige?

Stu Forster

News broke last night that former Bolton Wanderers midfielder Alan Thompson had left his job at Birmingham City, where he had been employed as a Development Coach ever since leaving work alongside new Wanderers boss Neil Lennon at Celtic.

Appointed in June 2014 under the command of now ex-Birmingham boss Lee Clark, Thompson didn't even see out the year.

Thompson was famously fired as Celtic first team coach by Lennon failing to heed calls to curb his wayward off-pitch lifestyle.

A Celtic source told the Daily Record:

"Alan was a 38-year-old middle-aged bloke who was behaving like a teenager.

"He was out boozing too often and got himself blootered once too often for Celtic's liking.

"The view was that he was becoming a bad influence.

"The opinion was that he had turned into the sort of guy Neil Lennon would be better off without."

Lennon fired him by telephone after his No2 refused to attend a meeting with him in Thompson's home city of Newcastle over the weekend.

Thompson would be welcomed back to Bolton with open arms by supporters who look back fondly on his five years playing at the club, which yielded 37 goals in 157 games before a £4.5m move to Aston Villa in 1998.

He went on to play alongside Lennon at Celtic from 2000 to 2007 before he retired in 2008 following short spells with Leeds United and Hartlepool United.