Philliskirk, Sinclair and Thompson in the news

13 February 2013 11:12
Three former Clarets, Tony Philliskirk, Frank Sinclair and Steven Thompson have been in the news in the last week or so with two of them taking charge of their teams, Oldham and Colwyn Bay and the other signing a new deal at St. Mirren.

Philliskirk is the reluctant caretaker manager at Oldham. He stepped in just over a week ago when Paul Dickov left the club but he's made it clear he does not want to do the job full time and would prefer to remain as the club's head of youth development.

"I feel my strength is coaching and developing," Philliskirk said. "Never say never but the head of youth job is a massive job in itself."

New deal for Thompson at Saints

Oldham recently confirmed that they would be continuing with youth development. It had appeared to be in doubt for financial reasons but the former Burnley striker added: "We've had the good news lately that the club have decided to retain that and rightly so. With the EPPP coming in I'm having to deal with all the paperwork.

"We're going to get audited in the next 12 months to be guaranteed our categorisation which obviously affects your funding, so that's become a massive job this year."

Further down the pyramid this week came news of Frank SInclair. Now aged 41, Frank is still turning out for Colwyn Bay but on Monday he accepted the position of manager at the Blue Square North club and admitted that he might not be playing for much longer.

He said: "I see it as a great opportunity as obviously I am coming to the end of my playing career now and have been looking to get into coaching and management. I have been with Colwyn Bay for a year and a half now and get on well with the directors and players, I almost feel like part of the furniture."

Bay are struggling in 20th place, but Frank added: "I know the players here and I would not have taken the job if I didn't think we could turn things round and get ourselves out of trouble. The first job is to get the lads' confidence back up and start winning football matches again."

Finally, to another former Claret who is still playing football. Steven Thompson left Burnley in the summer of 2011 after three years with the club. He returned to Scotland and signed for St. Mirren and such has been his success that he's signed a new deal.

The 34-year-old Thommo has netted 30 goals since signing for the club he supports and yesterday signed a new deal with them until the end of next season with an option for the 2014/15 season.

Thompson said on signing the deal. "I am very happy here at St. Mirren, it was the easiest football decision I have ever had to make and I look forward to being involved in the continued progress of the club.

His manager Danny Lennon added: "These two seasons have been the best form of his career. He has played a huge role in our success and raising the profile of our club."

In the last two of his three years at Burnley he played only occasionally but his signing was a vital one in August 2008. He debuted on the day we got our first win of the season at Nottingham Forest and helped us all the way to Wembley and the Premier League. And I can still see him celebrating that goal at Reading.

Source: Clarets Mad


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