Former Celtic man shares the valuable Hoops education he has taken into management
Former Celtic midfielder Mark Fotheringham has stated that his early days at Parkhead are why he enjoys working in pressured environments.
On Wednesday, the 38-year-old took his first steps into management after being appointed head coach of English Championship side Huddersfield Town.
Before his latest venture south of the border, Fotheringham had quite the career from 1999-2019, playing in Scotland, England, Germany, Switzerland and Cyprus.
At such an early stage in his coaching career, the ex-Scotland under-21 international already has an impressive CV, spending time as assistant manager at clubs such as FC Ingolstadt and Hertha Berlin.
Going back to his early days as a footballer, it all started for Fotheringham as part of the Celtic academy as he looked to rise through the ranks.
The midfielder only made a handful of appearances and was at one stage the club’s youngest debutant at the time of his debut. But that has since been surpassed.
Although he made few appearances for the Celtic first team, Fotheringham still insists he learned a lot from his days as part of the Parkhead academy and is still using those skills he learned today.
Speaking in his first interview after being appointed the new Huddersfield boss, the ex-Celtic man stated that his days coming through the Hoops are the reason why he loves working in high-pressure environments.
He said [Huddersfield Town]: “We know Huddersfield have an identification with the German way, and we felt it was a good fit for me. We know there’s great rewards to go to the place we want to go to, the Premier League.
“I’m looking forward to showing what I can bring to the table. I had a lot of experiences in different cultures, and it was very important for my development. When I went to Freiburg, I fell in love with German football.
“I made a deal with myself as a young coach. I wanted to work in the Bundesliga, which I’ve now done, and the second was I wanted to work in the Premier League. This gives me a good opportunity to go there, but we need to be careful not to get too far ahead of ourselves.
“I enjoy working in an environment where there’s pressure. I’ve been used to that. I was brought up and developed at Celtic. With Celtic, it’s pressure week in, week out. I want to bring a German mentality to English football at this level but with my Scottish personality.”
Coming through the Celtic academy is a valuable lesson for all young players, and Fotheringham is perfect example of that.
Despite only making three appearances for the Bhoys’ first team, Fotheringham clearly still hugely values his time spent at the club.
He may not have gone on to become a regular, but during his youth days, he learned some valuable lessons that he still utilises and follows to this day.
We have seen lots of examples over the years of players who used to feature as part of the academy going on to play football elsewhere, and they will always have the stuff they learned as a youngster with them throughout their careers.
It is great to see Fotheringham has gone outside his comfort zone in Germany and is now thriving after being appointed as the new manager of a Championship club.
The second tier in England is an extremely tough league, so it will be fascinating to see how he gets on once he settles into the job.
One thing that he has made clear is that he will look to use the lessons picked up from his days as a player at Celtic, alongside plenty of other clubs, to his advantage.
We wish him all the best of luck for the season ahead!