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Rumour Mill-St Mirren Want Thommo

St Mirren manager Danny Lennon is understood to be interested in Burnley striker Steven Thompson according to BBC Sport.

However, he doesn't sound too confident he can afford him and also thinks everything might be up in the air following the departure of Brian Laws.

Speaking to BBC Radio Scotland, Lennon said:

'He's certainly on the shopping list and I've made the proper inquiries but I think it's going to be outside our grasp,

'With Burnley losing their manager, there could be a new lease of life for Thommo. He scored the other day.

'If we don't get him this time, let's see what happens in the summer.'

The big question too is whether Thommo would relish a move back up to Scotland to play for the Scottish Premier League club.

His appearances have certainly been limited under Brian Laws but caretaker manager, Stuart Gray rewarded the former Cardiff striker with his first starting eleven place this season against Reading at the Madejski today. This was his first start since we played Stoke City at Turf Moor back in March 2010. Thompson has been ever present on the bench this season and scored his first goal of 2010-11 recently after coming on as a substitute against Sheffield United at home on New Year's Day.

The 32 year old, Paisley-born striker will be out of contract in May this year but the former Dundee United and Rangers forward might now be tempted to see if the new Burnley manager once known might be tempted to play him more and offer a new contract in the summer.

Clarets fans rate Thommo highly and feel he may have been hard done to under Laws. It would make sense to see who becomes our new manager and let the dust settle before making a rash decision to leave Turf Moor.

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday January 3 2011

Time: 7:20PM

Your Comments

I hope Thommo stays, he didn't quite rise to the occasion today when given a starting eleven chance against Reading but let's stick with him and review the situation in the summer.
turfmanphil
Agree TMP, I hope Thommo stays and would also like to see him given a few more starts.
claretdale
I'll second both the above.
WelshClaret
I agree I cannot see Thommo going anywhere until at least a new manager is in place
8clarets8
Let him go, not sure we can ferment all the apples and still get promotion.
VinRogue
Bit harsh on Thommo that VR! I have been told we have no chance of extending Guidetti's loan so we will definitely need another striker if there is any truth in that rumour! Thommo has been hard done to in my opinion under Laws and he never seemed to fancy Pato either injured or not except playing him out wide which was a total waste. Time to wipe the slate clean,get a new manager in and see what they think before offloading the likes of Thommo and for that matter, Jensen
turfmanphil
Bit harsh? I thought it was very harsh but it is my opinion. The body language I have seen and rumours that you hear and read have made me review my feelings on certain players. I think Blake, Caldwell, Jordan and about 4 current players all need to check out the word TEAM and remember there is no i in team but there certainly is a ME in thier teams.
VinRogue
But if you look at all those players and possibly the four you refer too, all were perfectly happy under Coyle (give or take) and perfectly peed off under Laws! Conclusion? Get in a man-manager who can handle em?
turfmanphil
Personally I see Tommo as a better player than Iwelumo ( big chris if i have spelt it wrong ). Hasnt been given a chance for over a year and given the chances Iwelumo has fluffed I bet Tommo would have buried them. More mobile, better header ( IMO ) but not as good at holding ball up. Dont dump him, Lets see what he can do under a new manager.
lilpiggy
Yep,100% agree,Lil! :-)
turfmanphil
Bring back Caldwell Blake and Jordan under a good manager....tmp I do believe you are wrong. Blake is with that good man manager and he thinks he is worthy of a bench warm position, Caldwell not good enough to start for Wigan and Jordan....have a word, Coyle was God and everyone else is the devil mentality will leave us all bitter and slightly twisted!
VinRogue
Not saying bring them back, I am saying under a better man-manager they might never have left. Jordan I would say is still better than any of our current left backs, Blake could still have done a bench job for us had a decent manager been there too convince him (Coyle convinced him at Bolton). Caldwell I would have let go anyway but it is clear to me that Gudjonsson probably had it about right and got punished for being honest about Laws
turfmanphil
I'm with Vin on letting Thommo go. We have one big man - though the jury may be out on whether Iwelumo is much better.
RickersTwickers
Based on Reading, I would say Thommo plays better than Big Chris as the lone man up front, when we play that way. So I'd start him in a 4-5-1 away, but Big Chris in a 4-4-2 at home. To me, Thommo seems far more thoughtful and accurate about how to link up with supporting players in that role, bringing the attacking midfielders into the game. The (big) flipside is that he's never scored the number of goals that Big Chris has. That said and done, I strongly agree with Vin on the point that you cannot make all of the squad happy all of the time. Laws tried too hard to do that, and I suspect that we'd have done better under him if he'd been more ruthless. There's a strong argument that any relegated team should be chopped up, so as to refresh its psychology. In contrast, Laws followed the dominant sentimental view amongst fans that we should keep as many of the old lot as possible. We the fans got what we wanted, but paid the price. But was that a matter of Brian's own preference, or was he following instructions from a Board who had begun to get irritated with *oyley for failing to pay any heed to the backroom brains trust? *oyley's man-management skills showed a very limited psychological range, and were far too heavily based on being a mate than a manager. If he hasn't learned that lesson, and I suspect he might have, he will get found out soon.
Couch Potato
I wish Coyle was now being found out for Burnley and we were 7th in the Premier League!!
turfmanphil
But tmp, *oyley left because he knew that what he was doing had stopped working over the prior 6 weeks, and because he realised he was storing up problems with the board, whose advice he had been ignoring, and with players who he was going to have to stop being matey with and make some tough decisions about... and because his time-honoured way of dealing with difficult things was to run off. As I have said, he may have partially learned his lesson and be doing things a bit differntly now. I expect so. But equally, he may yet again be storing up problems that he's not addressing - he certainly seemed in denial when his boss was talking about the need to sell a few weeks back - all of which could very easily and quickly convert 7th into 17th, though I'd back him against Wigan in the next game.
Couch Potato
I hear what you are saying CP, but I am clear in my mind that had Coyle stayed, we would have survived in the Prem simply by winning a couple of games or so more at home. He would have 'motivated' them to win. Had that happened, it might be Burnley who are now 7th in the Prem instead of Bolton and we would be reaping £90 million this season alone instead of £45m parachute payments over 4 years! Had his limitations then kicked in and he was 'found out'. it wouldn't have mattered because a whole load of Prem class managers would have been lining up to take over with Brian Laws not even being considered
turfmanphil
Surely we can move on from the Owen Coyle situation now. He was great for us when he was here but wanted to move on and did. Whether we like it or not he is doing well at Bolton and our attention should focus on our NEXT manager and not the previous but one incumbent.
RickersTwickers
Coming back to Thommo, I think it'd be madness to let him go. I think he's got a different dimension to his game than Iwelumo and all he needs is a few more starts to get his confidence and match sharpness moving again. If he gets that I'm sure he'll play a big part in the second half of the season.
WelshClaret
It could all hinge on whether we are successful in extending Guidetti's loan. If we don't surely we have to make sure Thommo stays and use transfer money to sort out defence in particular
turfmanphil
I happened to just now be reading these words, which are an interesting counterpoint to RT's suggestion that we stop debating the past and move on..."Thoughtful reflection on what once worked - and what did not – is often perceived by those pushing an agenda of reform as something that merely slows down implementation. According to their world view, concern for the ideas and movements that brought us to where we are today is a distraction. History is relegated to the status of ‘hobby’, and the cord linking us to the past is no longer seen as a precious thread offering a route to greater understanding, but as a rope tied to a sheet-anchor preventing progress." If it were possible to include emoticons in these front-page threads, mine at this point would therefore be blowing a claret and blue raspberry in RT's general direction!!! Though respectfully, I would want to add. Besides, it was turfman who started it... I thought Thommo did very well at the Madejski in terms of keeping his robust challnges going despite being on a yellow after 2 minutes. I felt for sure after that we'd be down to 10 men before the break.
Couch Potato
Speaking exclusively to Paisley Daily Express Sports, Thompson, 32, said: “I have heard about St Mirren’s interest but, with Burnley about to get a new boss, that has changed things. “I hadn’t been playing much recently and was on the bench a lot, so I was ready to leave but now that the old manager is away, it could be a fresh start for me. “I need to talk to the new manager when he comes in and see what his plans are.”
turfmanphil
 

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