Ex-Celtic midfielder discusses next steps in coaching after Bundesliga impact

By David Walton

June 20, 2022

Former Celtic midfielder Mark Fotheringham has stated that he’s “born to be a manager” after making a big impact as an assistant in recent years.

Fotheringham is looking for his next gig in coaching after making a success of his last role in the Bundesliga at Hertha Berlin. The Scotsman worked alongside German legend Felix Magath to help keep Hertha in Germany’s top flight – KO’ing Hamburg in the process.

That came after some fine work with Ingolstadt when he got them promoted to the second-tier of German football as assistant coach to Tomas Oral. At only 38 years of age, the former Celt is already making an impact in coaching and has built up an impressive CV with some background roles.

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But now, it seems as though Fotheringham is ready to get cracking as a number 1. Speaking in an interview with the BBC, the former Celtic man said: “I’m born to be a manager.

“I’m learning from one of the best in the world. I would love to bring this style back home. I think you could be really successful with it if you got backing and had a good group willing to buy into it.

“But financially and professionally, it would be very hard for me to go back to a Scottish club. My target is to keep improving, but if the chance arose at the right club at the right time then I’ll look at all my options.”

Former Celtic man Mark Fotheringham not eyeing up Scotland return for now

Fotheringham as we know didn’t exactly have a glittering career with Celtic as an individual. Indeed, he only made 3 senior appearances for the Hoops during his time in the first-team between 1999 and 2003.

However, he’s at an extremely exciting place in his career at the moment. Not only is he on the lookout for a new managerial role, but he already has experience alongside a top class manager to his CV.

Clearly, he’s at a stage now where he feels a move to Scotland isn’t the best thing for him at the moment. Indeed, it appears as if Fotheringham is instead looking for a role with an English club where he can implement what he’s learned from his time in Germany.

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You can understand that so long as it’s at the right level. He isn’t going to walk into the Celtic manager’s job anytime soon. Whether a move to the likes of Hearts or Hibs would’ve suited him is an interesting question, but those roles aren’t going to be available anytime soon either.

Fotheringham clearly isn’t looking to sit and wait for an opportunity to arise for himself in Scotland. He’ll be feeling good about himself with his stock at the highest it’s been since starting up in management.

Good luck to him wherever he lands next. His career in management will certainly be worth watching.

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