Fan mail arrives from Manchester
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