Steve Thompson joins Preston North End

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Steve Thompson has joined up with former Blackpool manager Simon Grayson at Preston North End.

Thompson has been out of a job since he was strangely dismissed by Leeds United in April and is more than happy to link up with his former team-mate and work colleague Grayson.

Grayson and Thompson first played together at Leicester and Preston fans will be hoping that they can re-kindle their relationship, which helped guide Leicester to promotion to the Premier League in 1994.


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Thompson, who is replacing John Dreyer, was promoted from Head of Youth Development to join Grayson's back room staff  in 2006. The pair enjoyed great success once again as they gained promotion to the Championship via the play offs against Yeovil in 2007. 

Thompson is no "yes man"

The 50 year old is known for his fantastic coaching style and not backing down to any pressure (which he experienced plenty of at Bloomfield Road). Thompson is now looking to the future and hoping for success with Preston, “We have just got a good relationship,” said Thompson. “I’m not a ‘Yes man’ – he respects my opinion and hopefully we can be good together again.

“I’ve been to the training ground and met all the staff and I am looking forward to meeting all of the players and getting back into action.”

Grayson has clearly looked to a familiar face as he looks to keep Preston in the Championship after he got the Lilywhites promoted via the play offs which was starting to become an incredible hoodoo for the north west side. Grayson said,  “Once I saw that he had left Leeds and what an impact he had there, I thought it was a great opportunity.

“Hopefully Thommo can have a major impact on our season and over the next few years.”

Blackpool fans cannot be annoyed

With Thompson joining their nearest rivals Blackpool fans may feel they have a right to be disgruntled but they have no right to be annoyed with Thompson's decision, not that Thompson's appointment is top of their priority list.

Thompson has given so much for Blackpool Football Club since joining the club within the Centre of Excellence system. Thompson was then promoted to the Head of Youth Development in 2005 and was seen as a father figure to many young players coming through the Blackpool ranks. 

Thompson has been in and around the Blackpool squad when they have enjoyed arguably their best success in recent years.

Thompson has seen Blackpool promoted to the Championship, defy the odds to stay in the Championship for the following two seasons, reach two Championship play off finals and seeing Blackpool through to the Premier League in the 2010 Play Off final.

All in all, Thompson will go down as a Blackpool legend and is simply a true professional who deserves all the credit in the world, as he battled against adversity and pressure thrown upon him for example taking the caretaker role twice at Bloomfield Road when managers jumped ship.

If Blackpool fans find something to moan about Thompson joining Preston then perhaps they should look at how he was treated by Karl Oyston and decide if they would like to fired via text after many years of service and loyalty towards the Seasiders.

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