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Celtic Sack Coach Alan Thompson Over ‘Lifestyle’ Concerns

Former player dismissed by phone call, while manager Lennon still wanted by Norwich City.

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Celtic have sacked first team coach Alan Thompson amid concerns about the 38-year-old’s party-boy lifestyle.

The Parkhead club confirmed that Thompson was dismissed via phone call on Sunday night after refusing to meet with Celtic boss and former-teammate Neil Lennon.

Thompson is said to be shocked and saddened at the decision, which comes just three weeks after Celtic lifted the SPL trophy, and has instructed his lawyers to take legal action against the club for which he played for seven seasons.

A statement on the Parkhead club’s official website read, “A meeting was set up between Alan Thompson and Neil Lennon on Sunday [June 3] in Newcastle.

“However, Alan refused to meet with Neil, hence the reason for the discussion being conducted by telephone.

“The matter is now in the hands of lawyers and, therefore, we are unable to go into any further details.”

Thompson’s lawyer, Margaret Gribbon, of Glasgow-based Bridge Litigation, said in a statement: “I can confirm that I have been instructed to act on behalf of Alan Thompson following his dismissal by Celtic FC.

“Alan was informed of the decision to terminate his employment with immediate effect in a telephone conversation with the club manager Neil Lennon.”

The decision is believed to relate to Thompson’s lifestyle. The Geordie was banned from driving for 16 months and fined £600 in February last year for a drink driving charge. Celtic reportedly warned him about his behaviour but felt this was not heeded.

Thompson joined the club as first team coach in 2010, when Northern Irishman Lennon was appointed boss at Celtic Park. In a seven season spell, he won three SPL titles under Martin O’Neill and was a fan’s favourite, scoring seven times against Rangers but also receiving three red cards in Old Firm derbies.

Meanwhile, Lennon remains in the frame to become the new boss of Norwich City after the Canaries confirmed they were seeking a manager with ‘top-league’ experience, ruling out favourite Malky MacKay of Cardiff.

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