Ex­pe­ri­ence and youth are Lang’s choices

For­mer boss Ward­law can see mer­its of both

Rutherglen Reformer - - Reader Travel - Kenny Smith

For­mer Cam­bus­lang Rangers manager Alan Ward­law says there’s merit to be had in clubs go­ing for both in­ex­pe­ri­enced and proven ju­nior foot­ball man­agers.

Speak­ing to the Re­former the day af­ter the club ended the man­age­rial reign of John Doyle, Ward­law ad­mit­ted he had some sym­pa­thy with the man who was ap­pointed as Somervell boss last sum­mer.

Alan is quit­ting ju­nior foot­ball af­ter his fi­nal game as manager of East Kil­bride This­tle tonight (Wed­nes­day).

With the Lang cur­rently de­lib­er­at­ing on a suc­ces­sor to Doyle, Ward­law can un­der­stand the think­ing process the club’s com­mit­tee will cur­rently be go­ing through.

And Alan knows what it takes to suc­ceed in the Cen­tral League Sec­ond Di­vi­sion, hav­ing won it as manager just two years ago with the Lang.

Ward­law spent six- anda- half years as the Lang’s manager.

He said: “I can see pos­i­tives on both sides, by go­ing for an ex­pe­ri­enced manager, or some­one who’s young and keen to get in.

“When you go for an ex­pe­ri­enced manager, you’re get­ting some­one who will know what’s re­quired to get a win­ning team to­gether in the league.

“They’ll know what kind of play­ers you need, straight away, and that’s what comes with hav­ing been in the league for a while.

“And then on the other hand, you’ve got the new, fresh, younger man­agers who have new ideas and new ap­proaches, and they will build up a dif­fer­ent kind of re­la­tion­ship with their play­ers.

“Th­ese are the coaches who’ve of­ten worked with un­der-21s and the likes, and are used to the younger guys.

“Look at the league this year - Ross­vale have won it by a coun­try mile, and they had a rel­a­tively young group of play­ers, with a sprin­kling of very ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers, like Rob­bie Win­ters.

“There are def­i­nitely pros and cons with both ap­proaches.

“There’s no cer­tainty that an ex­pe­ri­enced manager will de­liver, and you never know how it will work out with a younger guy.

“Look at our­selves at East Kil­bride - when I first came here, just af­ter I left Cam­bus­lang, the club hadn’t won a game in a cou­ple of sea­sons.

“We changed things around, brought in some ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers, and this sea­son we’ve got 24 points on the board.

“Of course we’d have liked more, but that’s a pretty quick turn­around in the space of less than two years.”

Last month Alan an­nounced he will leave the Showpark af­ter the Jags’ fi­nal game of the sea­son, to con­cen­trate on his day job at Trans­port Scot­land, and his work as a youth scout for Rangers.

Alan ad­mits that, hav­ing grown up on the suc­cesses of the club in the 1970s, he’s look­ing for­ward to re­turn­ing to Somervell Park next sea­son as a pay­ing spec­ta­tor.

He said: “It’s go­ing to be very strange - this sum­mer will be the first time in some­thing like 36 years when I haven’t been in­volved in a pre-sea­son, as ei­ther a player or manager.

“I’m hop­ing to be able to go back to Somervell Park on a Satur­day, just as a spec­ta­tor, and watch­ing the side I sup­ported as a boy.

“I had my own sit­u­a­tion when I left the club, but that’s all in the past and I don’t want to bring it all up now. It’s hap­pened, and I’ve moved on.

“I have ab­so­lutely no ill will to­wards Cam­bus­lang Rangers, and I re­ally do wish them ev­ery suc­cess in the fu­ture.

“It’s just very sad to see a club of that stature in the present sit­u­a­tion it’s in.

“I’m pretty cer­tain, with the right ap­point­ment, they will kick on.”

He added: “I’m very sorry for John Doyle and, if he had been given an­other sea­son, I’m sure he would have learned from this sea­son, and strength­ened the squad for the year ahead. It’s a shame for him.”

Re­tir­ing For­mer Lang boss Alan Ward­law is quit­ting man­age­ment

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