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- Updated: June 4, 2012
Celtic say first team coach Alan Thompson was sacked during a telephone conversation because he “refused” a meeting with manager Neil Lennon.
Thompson’s lawyer revelead her client was informed of his sacking during a phonecall with Lennon on Sunday.
“Alan refused to meet with Neil, hence the reason for the discussion being conducted by telephone,” said the club.
“The matter is now in the hands of lawyers and, therefore, we are unable to go into any further details.”
The spokesman for the Scottish Premier League champions claimed a planned meeting of the two men had been set up in Newcastle on Sunday.
Thompson was appointed by Lennon in June 2010 alongside assistant manager Johan Mjallby following the sacking of Tony Mowbray earlier that year.
The Englishman previously won four Scottish Premier League titles and five domestic cups as a player during a six-and-a-half-year spell at Celtic.
He was also was capped once for England and featured in Celtic’s run to the Uefa Cup final against Porto in 2003.
He had a coaching role with Newcastle, with whom he started his playing career, before he returned to Glasgow to be reunited with former team-mates Lennon and Mjallby at Celtic.