Garry Thompson
GARRY
THOMPSON

Garry Thompson was made the caretaker manager of Brentford on March 15th 2004 following the dismissal of Wally Downes but he was in charge for just three days as Barnet boss Martin Allen was appointed to succeed Downes, who had been sacked after a 2-0 defeat to fellow relegation candidates Stockport County left the Bees one point off the bottom of the Nationwide Second Division, having won just one of their previous 14 league games.

Thompson had previously managed Bristol Rovers, albeit briefly, before linking up with Downes at Griffin Park, where he became assistant manager.

He previously had a brief spell managing Bristol Rovers but was dismissed on April 9 2002 after less than five months in the post with The Pirates lying three places off the bottom of the Football League.

Thompson had been appointed as manager on Christmas Eve 2001 following the departure of Gerry Francis, who left the Pirates due to a family illness ending his second spell in charge at the Club.

Thompson had been working as a coach with Rovers under Francis having previously acted as caretaker boss at the Memorial Stadium following the dismissal of Ian Holloway in February 2000.

Thompson had also worked as Holloway's assistant having previously held the position of player/coach with Northampton in 1997.

He spent over twenty years as a professional in English league football playing as a striker with Coventry, West Brom, Sheffield Wednesday, Aston Villa, Watford, Crystal Palace, QPR, Cardiff and finally, Northampton.

Having had his first temporary managerial tenure cut short by Francis' arrival in June 2001, Thompson was given another chance to prove himself at the club with whom he spent several years learning his trade.

However, Thompson could not bring about an improvement in Rovers' form and although they were safe from relegation from the league - that fate befell Halifax Town in 2002 - their position of 22nd in the Third Division table was not thought to be good enough for a team that had been relegated from Division Two just a season earlier.

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