Steve Thompson has earned a reputation of pulling struggling clubs to safety in a short space of time.
He began his career at Worksop Town and went on to play for Boston United under Howard Wilkinson, Lincoln City, Charlton Athletic, Leicester City and Sheffield United.
His first managerial appointment came at Lincoln City, then bottom of Division Four, in November 1990. Following the departure of former Leeds United and England striker Allan Clarke, Thompson (the club captain) stepped into the breach.
His impact was immediate as he guided the Imps to a 14th place finish. His confident style had others believing too, as the club were made favourites to win the 1992/3 title, although at the end of the season saw them just miss out on the play-offs through goal difference.
After leaving the club, he then joined Newcastle United as a coach with Kevin Keegan, before a 3 month spell as assistant manager at Doncaster Rovers. He then became Director of Football with Southend United. He eventually took over from Peter Taylor, as part of a management team that included Danny Greaves and Theo Foley.
He took control, and led the club from just one place above relegation to a respectable 13th place in the final table – making him a local legend. His record of 8 wins, 2 draws and just 4 lost, still ranks as the highest success percentage as a Blues Manager ever.
Thompson then became assistant manager of Notts County and in the first season he helped the club to the play-offs, losing out to Bradford.
He then joined Nigel Spackman at Sheffield United (the club he supports having come from Sheffield). After Spackman's departure, Thompson took charge in March 1998 and enjoyed success by leading the club to an FA Cup semi-final, as well as a play-off place.
After Sheffield United, Thompson went onto manage Cambridge United from December 2004 to May 2005.
Thompson's most recent managerial position was with Notts County, taking charge from June 2006 to October 2007.