Celtic hero Scott Brown talks about his new ‘cool’ approach to management

The former Scotland and Celtic captain kicked off his boots in May 2022 as he began his new venture as manager at Fleetwood Town.

Working under the likes of Gordon Strachan, Neil Lennon, and Brendan Rodgers has positioned Brown well for his managerial career, and he believes the experience of playing under those names has helped him get a solid grasp on the game.

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He explained: “It was great to watch all the managers at Celtic but you probably take all this for granted because you walk into the training ground and everything is set up for you.

“You just go from one area to another and you just enjoy training and working hard, and you obviously don’t focus on what the training is and what the dimensions of the training are depending on how many people are there.

“For me, it was good to understand the daily routine in Aberdeen with Stephen Glass, to go out to give presentations and get a sense of what you see in the games, how to analyze it, and the meeting process too.

“You should get that little understanding of being in the coaches room rather than being thrown into the deep end.

“Steven Glass got a chance at Aberdeen, so I went and learned a lot from him. The daily training, as in how big the areas are, how big the boxes are, the games, watching what he does.”

Fleetwood are currently 12th in the Premier League, and they enjoyed an impressive FA Cup this season too as they reached the fifth round stage before being knocked out by Burnley in Championship High.

On his management style, Brown continued: “Everybody knew what I was like in the dressing room. I was a big personality, had a bit of banter, enjoyed going crazy with the lads, enjoyed doing fines and things like that.”

“Once I crossed that white line, I loved training and always trained to win. It’s a bit different because now match days are the easiest day for me.

“I pick the team the day before, everything is set up, the squad is announced and I’m there for a team talk, the lads have to go and perform and I hope they took a lot from what we did in training on the pitch on Saturday.

“I know it’s stressful during the game but the lead-up to the game is very easy and maybe this is the easiest day for us.

“I’m more comfortable than most people think. It’s more about the team. It’s not about losing the plot here and there and showing that I can scream. Everyone knows you can scream.

It’s about understanding tactics, changes in form, and personnel. After the game, it’s either “Great, you guys have two days off” or “You guys are in the morning.”

“I give the boys a month-to-month schedule so they know the script and we rarely pull out of it unless we’re throwing a match here or there.”

Brown still watches from afar as his beloved Celtic take on him weekly under Ange Postecoglou and is a huge fan of the Australian’s personality and style of play.

Asked if he would like to play under Parkhead’s current captaincy, Brown said: “I think I would. I’m not sure I’d enjoy playing with him at 37. I’d struggle to keep up with the guys, that’s for sure. His recruiting was phenomenal.”

“There were a lot of Brits coming to the club from England and Ireland too. But he’s got some fantastic recruiting. I know he’d had a spell in Japan, he’d see and understand what they’re up to.

“You can see how well the players who came and bought his understanding of the way he wanted to play football and the way the club behaved too.

“If I could steal a couple of his players I’d rather have that than pick his brains! He was great with me when I got back to Celtic Park with Aberdeen.

“He said you walk around the field and you go and get the ovation you’re about to. That’s not for me to do that with another bar. But even small details like that and other directors I’ve spoken to express a lot to him, too.”

On the buzz of winning as a manager compared to playing, Brown added: “You still get the buzz as a manager because you set up the players and the way they worked.

“Whether it’s a rotation, a change of format or a change of staff if that happens, you know you made the right decision and you’ll get a buzz because you made the right decision at the right time.

“I made two wrong decisions too but I’m young, I’m learning and there’s no better place to learn.”

Scott Brown was speaking pre-event with Micah Lustig at the OVO Hydro on May 18th. You can buy tickets here.

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