Fan mail ar­rives from Manch­ester

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sports - Kenny Smith

Cam­bus­lang man Dar­ren Young re­ceived an un­usual bit of fan mail re­cently - from Manch­ester City!

The player/man­ager guided Al­bion Rovers to the League Two ti­tle in his first sea­son in man­age­ment, and was stunned when a let­ter ar­rived from the English Premier League cham­pi­ons for 2013/14.

But when for­mer Cathkin pupil Dar­ren (36) was first told about the let­ter, he thought it was a joke!

The let­ter, from chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Fer­ran So­ri­ano, reads: “On be­half of Manch­ester City Football Club, I would like to con­grat­u­late you on your pro­mo­tion to League One. You must be very proud.

“Please ex­tent our con­grat­u­la­tions to your club’s play­ers and back­room staff.”

Dar­ren, a for­mer Aberdeen cap­tain, said: “It just came out of the blue, and it was sent to the club.

“One of the boys sent me a text say­ing, ‘ You’ve got a let­ter here, from Manch­ester City,’ and even though he read it out, I still didn’t be­lieve him

“When he sent me over a pic­ture of it, I re­alised it was real, and saw it when I went to the club that night.

“It was a re­ally nice thing for Manch­ester City to do - I don’t know if they send them out to the win­ners of all the leagues, but it was a touch of class. “I’ll be keep­ing that one.” Mean­while, Dar­ren was de­lighted to re­cruit the for­mer Queen’s Park coach Billy Stark as his new num­ber two.

The ex-St John­stone and Scot­land un­der-21s boss will be Dar­ren’s as­sis­tant this sea­son, af­ter Sandy Clark left the role to join Dun­fermline at the end of last term.

Dar­ren said: “I spoke to Billy and had heard a lot of good things. Peo­ple told me he was one of the best they’d worked un­der. I saw that for my­self when I was do­ing the A li­cense. He’s a re­ally good coach, easy to talk to and has a lot of ideas.

“It will be vi­tal to have that ex­pe­ri­ence on the side­lines, es­pe­cially if I’m play­ing be­cause it will al­low me to fo­cus more on what I am do­ing out on the pitch.

“Was I sur­prised he agreed? If you don’t ask you don’t get.

“Peo­ple were sur­prised I got Sandy Clark last sea­son but these guys are keen to be out coach­ing.

“It’s bril­liant for me and hope­fully I can learn a lot from Starky.

“The main thing for the club this sea­son is to con­sol­i­date and stay in the league. But per­son­ally, I’d like to kick on and look to the play-offs.

“It all de­pends on what kind of start you get and how the other teams shape up.”

Dar­ren re­turned to train­ing with his squad on Satur­day.

Just cham­pion The League Two tro­phy with Dar­ren Young

Well done Man City’s chief ex­ec­u­tive Fer­ran So­ri­ano

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