Steve joined Huddersfield Town as Mark Robins’ Assistant Manager in June 2014, which is a new role in Town’s management and coaching structure.
Formerly of Blackpool Football Club, he joins the Club after leaving the Seasiders alongside Paul Ince in January 2014.
Steve, who is 49 years-old, enjoyed a 20 year playing career as a midfielder. He spent nine years playing at Bolton and made over 100 appearances for both Leicester City and Rotherham United before retiring in 2002 with Leigh RMI.
During his time with the Foxes he scored six goals and won the Player of the Season award twice; he later described his time at the Club as his best three years as a footballer.
As a coach, he began his career in the Centre of Excellence at Blackpool before becoming Head of Youth Development in 2005. Following the appointment of former Town boss Simon Grayson as Blackpool Manager in 2005, Steve was promoted into the First Team coaching set-up a year later as First Team Coach.
In the following season, he and Grayson achieved promotion to the Championship with Blackpool, for the first time in 29 years. The following two seasons saw Blackpool work hard to retain their Championship status. They escaped relegation by two points in the 2007/08 season and despite Simon Grayson leaving half way through the 2008/09 campaign they improved to finish 16th.
Ian Holloway joined as Blackpool manager in 2009 and Thompson continued in his role as Assistant Manager. The pair gained promotion to the Premier League with a Championship Play-Off Final win against Cardiff in 2010. Steve remained as Holloway’s assistant throughout their Premier League campaign, which ended in last gasp relegation at the hands of Manchester United.
After Holloway’s departure, Steve worked with both Michael Appleton and then Paul Ince in the Championship and also took charge of the Seasiders as Caretaker Manager on two occasions; over the two spells he won four of his ten matches.
During his time at Blackpool Steve has also worked with the likes of Charlie Adam, Thomas Ince and Matt Philips who have developed and moved on to success. But it was as part of the unfashionable Blackpool set-up that took the Championship by storm in 2009/10 and created a great impact on the Premier League that Steve made his name.
First Team Coach
The former Rochdale Manager and Manchester City youth coach joined the Club in April 2012 as Senior Professional Development Coach and took the lead role in the development of Town’s young, emerging professionals from Under-19 to Under-21 in the Development Squad.
Following the departure of Steve Taylor, Eyre was promoted to the position of First Team Coach.
Under his guidance and expertise, the likes of Duane Holmes, Tommy Smith, Jordan Sinnott, Daniel Carr, Harry Bunn and Phil Billing all excelled at Under-21 level and earned First Team call-ups by Mark Robins during the 2013/14 season. Holmes and Smith made a joint total of 46 appearances in Town’s First Team last term with Smith signing a contract extension in February until the summer of 2016. Midfielder Holmes also had a loan spell at Championship side Yeovil during which he made five appearances.
Following the introduction of the Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP) and new Professional Development League in 2012, Eyre took charge of the Club’s Under-21 team and in their first season guided them to the end of season Play-Offs following a second place finish, where they were beaten by Charlton Athletic.
During the same season, Eyre was alongside Academy Manager Mark Lillis on a temporary basis for five First-Team matches following the departure of Simon Grayson. In that time, Town recorded victories against Leicester and Crystal Palace, whilst also drawing with eventual Championship league winners Cardiff City.
With Mark Robins installed as Manager, Eyre once again concentrated on Town’s Development Group. They went one better in 2013/14 lifting the U21 Professional Development 2 North title, finishing the season 10 points clear of nearest rivals Crewe Alexandra.
Head of Goalkeeping
Nick Colgan waspromoted from his position as Academy Goalkeeper Coach to Head of Goalkeeping and First Team Goalkeeping Coach in June 2014.
Whilst focusing on the First Team, Nick will work very closely with the Academy on the development of all our goalkeepers and in particular the next Academy Goalkeeping Coach.
He made 10 appearances at international level for the Republic of Ireland with the bulk of his playing career at club level spent at Hibernian and Barnsley. He joined Town in 2011 with his limited appearances coming in cup competitions for the Terriers.
After appearing on the bench for Town in the Play-Off Final victory over Sheffield United, Nick retired from playing and took up his former post in the Academy where he had been working with the Club’s Academy goalkeepers, from Under-9s to Under-18s, on a full time basis since 2012.
Towards the end of last season the Irishman stepped up on a temporary basis to work with Alex Smithies and Ian Bennett with Paul Crichton side lined through injury.
First Team Physiotherapist
James Haycock became Town's new First Team Physio in July 2012, joining the Terriers from npower League 1 outfit Hartlepool United - where he fulfilled a similar role since February 2006.
Previously he worked in the Newcastle United Academy for over four years; with the England Futsal team and with athletes from a variety of sports at the English Institute of Sport.
Haycock has a degree in Physiotherapy as well as a Master's degree in Manipulative Therapy, making him a specialist in the treatment of joint and soft tissue problems. This year he expects to complete a second Master's degree in Sports Medicine.
Head of Sports Science
Al is a strength and conditioning specialist coach who brings over 15 years’ experience coaching national and international level individuals and teams.
His extensive career has seen him work with England Lacrosse (2001), Scotland Rugby League (2000-2006), Manchester City Football Club Academy (2005-2012) and most recently Hull City Football Club (2012-2014).
During his time at Manchester City, 18 of the Academy players that he worked with graduated to the First Team with five going onto represent their country.
Working with Steve Bruce, he was part of the support and coaching set up that guided Hull City to promotion to the Premier League in 2012/13 and then retained their status last season.
First Team Strength and Conditioning Coach
Hughes was promoted into a First Team role from the Club’s Academy in June 2014.
Hughes joined the Academy as a Sports Scientist in April 2011, a role he has excelled in over the past three years.
Dan already has experience of working within the First Team set-up having made the step up on a temporary basis last season following the departure of Michael Rawson. He was regularly on the touchline towards the end of the season and will work closely with Al Stewart moving forward.
First Team Performance Analyst
Emley-born Performance Analyst Chris Markham joined Town's backroom staff in October 2009, working on a voluntary basis before eventually on a full time contract.
Possessing a Master's Degree in Sports and Exercise Psychology from the University of Central Lancashire, he works with state of the art Prozone technology to provide statistics for the First Team Coaching Staff.
Huddersfield Town appointed Mark Lillis as the Club's new Academy Manager in December 2011.
Mark, 51, was already well known to Town supporters; he was named in the 2008 'Fans' Favourites' book for his spell as a player under Mick Buxton between 1977 and 1985, during which he made 242 appearances for the Terriers and scored 63 goals.
During his playing days at Leeds Road his philosophy of hard work, commitment and toughness became his trademark and he now brings that approach to Town's young players.
The appointment of a Development Coach has helped bridge the gap between under-18 football and the senior squad Mark's experience of working in first team setups such as the Northern Ireland international squad, Derby County, Macclesfield Town, Morecambe and Stockport County will help bring the first team and Academy even closer.
Before joining Town he had been working at the Visionpro institute in La Manga, Spain; an institute that aims to hone the skills of young Spanish, Hungarian and English players who have been released by top clubs. Previously Mark has also worked in the Academy system for the FA Premier League - a position he held for six years.