Thompson joins PNE coaching staff, Dreyer leaves

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Preston North End have appointed former Blackpool caretaker boss Steve Thompson as first-team coach.

The former Bolton Wanderers and Leicester city midfielder replaces John Dreyer, who has left the club.

The 50-year-old becomes part of manager Simon Grayson’s backroom staff as the team prepares for life in the Championship next season.

It is not the first time the pair have worked together in the game.

They were team-mates at Leicester in the 1990s and helped the club gain promotion to the Premier League in 1994.

And a few years later, Thompson was on the coaching staff when Grayson managed Blackpool .

Thompson said: “I’ve been to the training ground and met all the staff and I am looking forward to meeting all of the players and getting back into action.”

“We have just got a good relationship. I’m not a ‘yes man’, he respects my opinion and hopefully we can be good together again.”

Grayson was thrilled to bring Thompson on board.

He said: “Once I saw that he had left Leeds and what an impact he had there, I thought it was a great opportunity.

Hopefully ‘Tommo’ can have a major impact on our season and over the next few years.

“It’s no coincidence that he has worked at a good level.

“He’s a good coach, he’s always had a good rapport with the players that he’s worked with and he fits into my ethos of what I want from my staff.”

Dreyer, meanwhile, leaves after three years at the club.

He joined in 2012 as Graham Westley’s right-hand man and was kept on after Grayson appointment.

A PNE statement said: “The club would like to thank John for his hard work and efforts in the last three years and wish him all the very best for the future.”