Steve Thompson (footballer, born 1964)

Steve Thompson
Personal information
Full name Steven James Thompson
Date of birth (1964-11-02) 2 November 1964
Place of birth Oldham, Lancashire
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Preston North End (First Team Coach)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1982–1991 Bolton Wanderers 335 (49)
1991 Luton Town 5 (0)
1991–1995 Leicester City 127 (18)
1995–1997 Burnley 49 (1)
1997–2000 Rotherham United 106 (14)
2000–2001 Halifax Town 36 (2)
2001–2002 Leigh RMI 8 (0)
Teams managed
2012 Blackpool (caretaker)
2013 Blackpool (caretaker)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Steven James "Steve" Thompson (born 2 November 1964) is a retired English footballer who played as a midfielder. He is currently the first-team coach of Football League Championship side Preston North End.


Playing career

Thompson started his playing career as an apprentice at Bolton Wanderers before signing his first contract in 1982, and was at the club until 1991 playing in a total of 410 games, and scoring 57 goals in all competitions. On 13 August 1991 he signed for Luton Town for £180,000. However, his stay with the Hatters was short-lived, he made just five league appearances before moving to Leicester City two months later on 22 October where he played in 121 league games scoring six goals. He won the Player of the Season award twice while with the Foxes and would later describe his time with the club as probably the best three years as a footballer there.[1]

On 24 February 1995 he moved to Burnley for a £200,000 transfer fee where he made 49 league appearances, scoring one goal before leaving at the end of the 1996–97 season. On 1 August 1997 he signed for Rotherham United where he made 106 league appearances, and scored fourteen goals. In the 2000–01 season he joined Halifax Town where he spent one season, playing 36 games and scoring two goals. He then spent a season with Leigh RMI before retiring from football.

Coaching career


Thompson started coaching with the Centre of Excellence at Blackpool before becoming Head of the Youth Department in 2005. Following the appointment of Simon Grayson as Blackpool's manager Thompson was promoted to first team coach in 2006, and he coached the team in the 2006–07 season as the Seasiders were promoted to the Championship, making their first return to the second tier of English football for 29 years. In March 2008 he signed a new two-year extension to his contract at Bloomfield Road.[2][3] In December 2008 following the departure of the Seasiders manager Simon Grayson to Leeds United, Thompson became the assistant manager on a caretaker basis, with Tony Parkes as the caretaker manager. After Parkes' first game in charge, a 1–1 Boxing Day draw against Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough, Parkes revealed that the Blackpool board was willing to give him the job full-time, with Thompson as his assistant, if the team continue to perform as they did under Grayson.[4] Speaking of his role as assistant manager at what he considers to be his hometown club, Thompson said, "I am enjoying the responsibility and myself and Tony have been bouncing ideas off each other. Tony will probably make the major decisions but I am enjoying it because it is the club that I love. I am a local lad and I am just as excited doing what I'm doing now as Simon Grayson probably is at Leeds."[5] When Ian Holloway became Blackpool manager in summer 2009, Thompson stayed on as his assistant.

Three and a half years later, when Holloway left to become manager of Crystal Palace, Thompson was appointed caretaker manager before the match at Derby County on 3 November. It was Holloway who had picked the team, however. After the match, which Blackpool lost 4–1, Thompson stated his interest in applying for the job on a full-time basis.[6] Blackpool won their next fixture, with Thompson still in charge, 2–0 at Sheffield Wednesday.[7]

He resumed his caretaker role two months later when Michael Appleton left to become manager of Blackburn Rovers. He picked the team to face Charlton Athletic on 12 January, but they lost 2–1.[8]

Huddersfield Town

On 6 June 2014, Thompson was hired as Mark Robins' new assistant manager at Huddersfield Town. He retained the position under new Huddersfield Manager Chris Powell.

Leeds United

On 18 December 2014, Thompson was hired as Neil Redfearn's new assistant manager at Leeds United. After an upturn in form during 2015 since Thompson's arrival at the club, on 2 April 2015, Thompson was suspended by Leeds for an 'internal matter' by Leeds Sporting Director Nicola Salerno, with Head Coach Neil Redfearn kept in the dark as to the reason's why Thompson had been suspended.[9]

On 24 June 2015, on the day Salerno left the club,[10] Salerno gave an interview to Sky Sports saying about Thompson, I had a bad relationship with Steve but I didn’t speak to Massimo about him .[11]

Preston North End

On 1 July 2015, Thompson was appointed first-team coach of newly promoted Football League Championship side Preston North End, reuniting him with manager Simon Grayson.[12]

Personal life

His son, Curtis, signed as a first-year professional with Blackpool for the 2012–13 season.

Managerial statistics

As of 16 February 2013 :-P
Team Nat From To Record
Blackpool (caretaker) England 3 November 2012 7 November 2012 2 1 0 1 50.00
Blackpool (caretaker) England 11 January 2013 18 February 2013 8 3 0 5 37.50
Total 10 4 0 6 40.00


  1. "Thompson looking forward to Leicester game". Blackpool F.C. 10 August 2007. Retrieved 21 October 2008.
  2. "Parkes extends Blackpool contract". 4 March 2008. Retrieved 26 October 2008.
  3. "Larry delighted by Parkes and Thompson stay". Blackpool F.C. 7 March 2008. Retrieved 21 October 2008.
  4. "Sheff Wed 1–1 Blackpool". 26 December 2008. Retrieved 26 December 2008.
  5. Canavan, Steve (28 December 2008). "Parkes: Give me the Pool job". Blackpool Gazette. Retrieved 28 December 2008.
  6. "Blackpool: Steve Thompson wants to replace Ian Holloway" – BBC Sport, 3 November 2012
  7. "Sheffield Wednesday 0–2 Blackpool". BBC Sport. British Broadcast Corporation. 6 November 2012. Retrieved 30 August 2013.
  8. "Charlton 2–1 Blackpool". BBC Sport. British Broadcast Corporation. 12 January 2013. Retrieved 30 August 2013.
  9. "Leeds United suspend assistant manager Steve Thompson". The Guardian. The Guardian. 2 April 2015. Retrieved 2 April 2015.
  10. "AGREEMENT REACHED WITH SALERNO". Leeds United. 24 June 2015. Retrieved 24 June 2015.
  11. "Leeds United under Massimo Cellino - Nicola Salerno lifts the lid". Sky Sports. 24 June 2015. Retrieved 24 June 2015.
  12. "Steve Thompson Joins Preston North End Coaching Staff". PNEFC. 1 July 2015. Retrieved 1 July 2015.
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