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Sacked Thompson starts legal action against Celtic

The former Parkhead favourite was dismissed after an apparent failure to attend a meeting with manager Neil Lennon.

eltic manager Neil Lennon with then assistant Alan Thompson.
eltic manager Neil Lennon with then assistant Alan Thompson.
Image: Lynne Cameron/PA Archive/Press Association Images

FORMER CELTIC ASSISTANT coach Alan Thompson has started legal proceedings against the Scottish champions after being dismissed over the weekend.

Thompson, a former Celtic midfielder, asked lawyers to act on his behalf after being told of his dismissal by manager Neil Lennon over the telephone, but hopes to reach an amicable settlement with his former employers.

The Hoops confirmed the Englishman’s departure on their website on Monday in a statement which claimed Thompson, 38, failed to attend a pre-arranged meeting with Lennon in Newcastle.

A statement, released today through the player’s solicitors, Bridge Litigation, read: “Alan Thompson has been dismissed by Celtic Football Club after enjoying years of first-class football both as a player and first-team coach.

“This included playing at the very highest level, both domestically and in Europe, then coaching the first team to become league champions.

“He is profoundly disappointed, given his strong feelings for the club, but remains deeply proud of his long and successful association with Celtic.

“Legal action has been instructed and is at a preliminary stage, however, Alan wishes this all be to be resolved amicably with Celtic, given his acknowledged feelings for the club.”

- © AFP, 2012

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