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03-11-2013, 11:46 AM
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After lots of speculation it is confirmed Paul Thompson will leave Coventry to coach Troja-Ljungby in Sweden (Rob Dowd's team)
Thompson, who will remain a part owner of the Blaze, will be taking up a coaching position at Troja-Ljungby in the Swedish second division at the start of the 2013/14 season.
“This isn’t a decision that’s been made at the drop of a hat,” said Thompson. “It’s something I’ve been discussing with my family and fellow directors for a while now. It was just a question of when we all felt the time was right. I’ve coached in the UK all of my life and I feel I now need to test myself and continue to develop as a coach by learning new things in a new country and hockey environment.
“Sweden is a hockey nation and I’m excited about being able to work in a country where they live and breathe hockey. I also feel my experience will benefit Troja – my experience of over 1200 professional games and international hockey is a big reason I’ve been given this opportunity. Troja is a well-run, established club and is a perfect fit for me right now.
Thompson will spend the summer continuing in his role as Director of Hockey Operations for the club – a role which will see him take on the majority of the recruitment of the Blaze team for next season along with the appointment of a new coach for the club.
“I’m going to make sure the club continues to head in the right direction next season,” continued Thompson. “I want us to be the best we can be and I want to make sure we have the right off-ice structure in place to continue the progress we’ve made this last season.
“The fans have loved watching this year’s team and although there will inevitably be changes for next season, I want them to enjoy
watching next year’s team just as much. I want hockey to continue to be fun and entertaining in Coventry. I am and will continue to be passionate about this club.”
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