Former Celtic midfielder Mark Fotheringham eyeing Scotland return

By David Walton

November 2, 2021

Former Celtic midfielder Mark Fotheringham has admitted that he’s ready to return to Scotland after impressing as a coach in Germany.

Fotheringham was assistant coach to Tomas Oral last season as he helped lead Ingolstadt to promotion. Yet, after succeeding in helping lead them to German football’s second-tier, the Scotsman and his boss decided to step down from their roles.

Meanwhile, the Dunfermline Athletic managerial role is up for grabs after Peter Grant left the club over the weekend. With no league wins in 12 games, they’re in need of something fresh to help lift them from the foot of the Championship.

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And Fotheringham, who spent 4 years in the senior squad at Parkhead between 1999 and 2003, has admitted he would be interested in the role.

Speaking to the Scottish Sun, the former midfielder said: “I’m flattered to be linked with the job. Dunfermline is a big club with a strong fan-base while I am aware of the German ownership. I am a huge admirer of German football and had a great period at Ingolstadt working with Tomas Oral where we took them to promotion.

“I’ve never ruled out coaching again in Scotland and would be happy to speak with the people at Dunfermline. I am ambitious for my next move and it has to be something that excites me.”

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Fotheringham would certainly be an exciting and interesting choice for Dunfermline. When you’re talking about up-and-coming coaches, the 38-year-old certainly comes into that bracket.

The former Celtic and Dundee man has also worked in coaching capacities with the likes of Karlsruher and Cowdenbeath respectively. However, he’s never managed as a number 1.

Given Dunfermline’s German ownership, you could see the attraction they may have in him. Fotheringham’s Ingolstadt impressed in the third tier last season, and the owners of the Pars club will likely have strong knowledge and understanding of the achievement.

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The Scottish Sun reports that Fotheringham is indeed a serious contender for the role. And it would certainly be something that injects a freshness into the Championship club.

It’s always interesting to hear of former Celtic players doing well in coaching, even if they only managed a few appearances like Fotheringham. He’ll hardly go down as a Parkhead great, but he’s certainly making a name for himself on the sidelines.

All eyes will now be on whether Dunfermline make a move for him. His stock is certainly on the up.

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