Thommo has big Pool role to play

Steve Thompson and Blackpool boss Michael Appleton
Steve Thompson and Blackpool boss Michael Appleton
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STEVE Thompson has a key role to play at Blackpool, according to chairman Karl Oyston.

The Seasiders assistant manager wanted the top job following the departure of Ian Holloway to Crystal Palace.

And although Oyston felt the time wasn’t quite right to promote Thompson, he does believe the 48-year-old is invaluable.

Oyston said: “I want Thommo to stay here and so does Michael (Appleton).

“I’ll never allow wholesale change and destruction of stability, which happens at some clubs. We didn’t have that when Ian came.

“Stability in my opinion is one of the most important things in football.”

Thompson has served as second-in-command to Simon Grayson, Tony Parkes and Holloway since joining the Pool coaching staff in 2005.

He led the side to a 2-0 win against Sheffield Wednesday during his spell at caretaker boss.

But Oyston felt an outsider was needed to replace Holloway.

The chairman explained: “Thommo might feel a bit aggrieved that we’ve again passed him by for a manager’s job. I just thought we needed someone to come in with a totally different set of skills.

“Thommo has been a massive part of the last seven years and will remain here for many years to come.

“It’s not that I’ll never consider Thommo for the job, but this time it was going to be a difficult task to follow Ian. We just needed someone totally different.”

Thompson and Appleton already knew each other, having done their coaching badges together.

And despite allowing Appleton to bring in his Portsmouth no.2 Ashley Westwood as first-team coach, Oyston wass keen for the bulk of the Seasiders staff to stay in place.

He added: “I was widely criticised for bringing John Murphy in, but he was the first player I bought when I became chairman.

“Murphy, John Hills and Alan Wright – it’s great to see those faces back at Bloomfield Road. It’s nice they are developing here as coaches.

“It’s good to have those sort of people about, who know the club, know the town and know what we are all about.”