Steve Thompson thanked Blackpool’s fans for their fantastic reception on Saturday, then voiced his alarm at the club’s perilous position..
Pool’s supporters chanted the name of Huddersfield’s assistant manager throughout as Thompson faced the club he served for almost 10 years for the first time since his sacking in January.
And after watching his Terriers side take Pool apart, the 49-year-old spoke of his sadness at their problems.
“It was strange facing Blackpool and it was certainly mixed emotions for me,” Thompson told The Gazette. “It’s very disappointing to see where Blackpool are.
“It meant a lot to me to have the fans singing my name and I want to thank them all.
“I’ve never properly been able to say goodbye to them. I had 10 fantastic years there and gave everything I possibly could to the club.
“The manner of my exit was disappointing but I wasn’t really surprised. But no-one can take away my great memories at Blackpool FC.
“Hopefully the fans can get the club back to where it should be. There isn’t a good atmosphere around the club, and living in the town I hear the stories coming out. As a Blackpool fan it’s very sad.
“But I’ve got a new journey now with Huddersfield. It’s a new chapter, which I’m enjoying and I’m working for a great manager (Chris Powell).”
Thompson was Ian Holloway’s assistant when Pool defied the odds to win promotion to the Premier League in 2010.
And he revealed he was reminiscing about the glory days with Holloway, now manager at Millwall, only last week. Thompson added: “I spoke to Ian on the phone for over an hour. We had some great times, some great players and great fans.
“We all went on a special journey, which no-one can ever take away from any of us.”
Thompson’s return to Bloomfield Road would be hugely popular with supporters, and although he’s happy at Huddersfield he refused to rule it out.
“Never say never, although I’m not sure in what capacity they’d have me,maybe kitman, who knows?” he joked.