Assistant Manager can’t wait to get going at Town
Huddersfield Town’s new Assistant Manager Steve Thompson believes that the Club has the foundations in place and the potential to match what he achieved at his former club Blackpool.
He gained two promotions, including one to the Premier League, during his nine year spell with the Seasiders and coached the likes of Charlie Adam, Matty Philips and Tom Ince.
When he joined Blackpool in 2005 they were struggling in League 1, however alongside the likes of Simon Grayson and Ian Holloway guided them to the Premier League.
Now with Town, Steve believes everything is in place to produce a similar feat: “The Club has the potential, definitely," he said. "It has some good individual talents throughout the squad and a good mix of technically gifted players and players with experience at this level. They were too inconsistent last season after Christmas and that is something that we will work on. You have to be able to grind results out in this division because the margins are fine.”
Despite his efforts at Blackpool, Steve parted company earlier this year along with Paul Ince and has been itching to get back into the game ever since: “I watched a lot of football and did quite a bit of scouting for different managers. I just tried to keep as busy as possible until an opportunity arose. I was disappointed to leave Blackpool, but I just kept going to games and keeping in touch with people. I got a little bit frustrated during the week; I just wanted to be back in the action!”
Mark Robins and Steve had previously worked together during their playing days at Leicester City and the former midfielder is looking forward to reigniting that relationship.
“I had bumped into Mark Robins a few times towards the latter end of the season and when I heard that the Club was having a bit of a restructure, I got in touch with him and asked if there was anything that I could help him with,” he said. “We had played together at Leicester so we knew each other well and on the back of that call we got together and had a chat.
“We spent three or four hours together during which he showed me around the impressive PPG Canalside and we struck up a relationship straight away; our ideas on the way that the game should be played are very similar. We have both got a rough idea of what system and way that we want the team to play next season. It was a very positive meeting and we both hope that we can bring success to a fantastic club.”
The 49 year-old spent one season in the Premier League with Blackpool and he desires to reach those heights again with the Terriers. He believes he has the experience and knowledge of the Championship to help Mark Robins achieve that aim.
“I enjoyed a long playing career and as a coach I have been to Wembley three times. Ian Holloway and I developed a fantastic team spirit at Blackpool and everything just seemed to click. I have worked with some fantastic individual players who probably didn’t get the credit that they deserved. We gained promotion to the Premier League and managed to amass 39 points; we really should have stayed up. It was a brilliant experience coaching in the top flight of English football and it is where everyone involved in the game wants to be.
“I want to get back there and that is the aim at Huddersfield Town.
“I would like to think that I have got a good track record in the Championship and I feel that I will bring a lot of experience to the role.”
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