Neil Thompson
NEIL
THOMPSON

Neil Thompson was most recently u23s Head Coach at Sheffield Wednesday.

He had been Academy Manager at Leeds United since June 2004. He joined Kevin Blackwell's management team at Leeds after being sacked by Boston United in February of 2004.

Neil had agreed to take the role of Boston United manager on a permanent basis in October 2002 having been the acting manager since Steve Evans's suspension and subsequent resignation following an FA probe into financial irregularities.

Neil took over at a difficult time; Boston, who had just earned promotion to the Football League, were docked four points before the season had started but the new manager dragged the club off the bottom of the table after successive victories over Torquay and Darlington.

He always remained positive, and said after taking over: "It's a big challenge but I'm looking forward to it. There is some talent in the squad, we've brought in some new faces, which has freshened us up, and confidence is high after a couple of wins."

Neil joined the club in 2001 as assistant manager to Steve Evans, and the pair guided Boston to the Conference title, which they won on goal difference over Dagenham and Redbridge.

As a player, Neil started out as an apprentice at Nottingham Forest before moving to Hull City. He established himself at Scarborough, before making a switch to Ipswich Town, where he made 199 appearances. Having also represented England's national semi-pro side, Neil's playing career ended at Barnsley – taking in loan spells at Oldham and York – and he hung up his boots in 1998.

Neil returned to York City in March 1999, accepting his first managerial post with the Minstermen. Winning only 10 of his 45 games in charge at York, he struggled, and he admits he probably wasn't quite ready for the job despite a brief period of relative success.

"The York situation was maybe a bit early for me. We did very well in my first season there, we finished tenth with a very young team and they had a lot of financial problems at the club."

Neil took over another old club after leaving York in February 2000, becoming manager of Scarborough later that year. He left The Boro after 11 months, and later became Evans's assistant at Boston, before going on to take the reins.

Eventually finishing the 2002/03 season in 15th place, six points clear of relegation, Boston's first season in the Nationwide League was successful, despite the problems they had brought on themselves from the previous year.

Neil again faced a tough task to keep the club up and after a takeover bid was accepted in February, new owner Jon Sotnick met with him to discuss the future of Boston United FC. A statement issued by Sotnick on Boston's official website on Friday February 13th read: "Following my successful acquisition of BUFC on Wednesday, I spent yesterday meeting the key personnel across this proud football club.

"It was agreed by mutual consent that Neil Thompson would step down from his post.

"I'm sure all the supporters would join me in thanking Neil for all his efforts over the current and last season in helping to maintain the Club's survival in the Football League under sometimes very difficult circumstances. He has been well liked and respected at the Club and I wish him every success in the future.

"We have a different vision for the club and mutually agreed that this was the best way for Neil to go.

On completion of both his Academy Director's licence and the Certificate in Applied Management at Warwick University in the summer of 2004, Neil chose to join Kevin Blackwell, a former teammate from Scarborough and fellow student on the Certificate course, as Leeds United Academy Manager.
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