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EX-CELT THOMPSON TEAMS UP WITH CLARK

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FORMER Celtic star Alan Thompson has been named as ex- Kilmarnock boss Lee Clark’s No.2 at Bury. 

The ex-midfielder, who won a solitary England cap, was a coach under Neil Lennon at Parkhead, but was sacked in 2012 after a series of disagreements.

Thompson, 43, returned to football with Clark when he was Birmingham City manager and at Blackpool, but was out of work again when his fellow-Geordie was axed.

Clark, who also had a four-year spell as Huddersfield chief, enjoyed a 2-1 debut win over Gary Caldwell’s Chesterfield at the weekend.

He made the appointment shortly afterwards and said: “Alan has joined as my assistant. He is a man of great experience, both as a player and as an assistant.

“He had spells with me at Birmingham and Blackpool, but was also very successful at Celtic under Neil Lennon .

“He has great knowledge of the game.

“The staff that are already here are great boys. I am looking forward to working with them, that’s for sure.”

Thompson, brought to Parkhead by Martin O’Neill in a £2.75million deal from Aston Villa in September 2000, won four titles, three Scottish Cups and two League Cups during his seven-year playing career at the Hoops.

He was appointed first team coach in June 2010 and left two years later.

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