United coach was the right

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Uk World Today - By TOM DUTHIE

MUCH of the work he does will be out of the lime­light but his own ca­reer tells new Dundee United U/18 coach Scott Robert­son he has one of the most im­por­tant jobs at any foot­ball club.

Last week saw the mid­fielder hang up his boots to move into coach­ing as as­sis­tant to Craig Eas­ton as they take charge of the young pros at Tan­nadice.

And, as he looks back on his time as a player, he be­lieves it was the men who coached him as a teenager who had the big­gest in­flu­ence over him.

“It was a stage of my de­vel­op­ment, U/18 level, I re­alised how to play foot­ball,” says the for­mer Dundee, United, Hibs and Raith Rovers man.

“The coaches I had back then were the ones that made it re­ally en­joy­able to me and left me think­ing to my­self about the things I had to do to make a ca­reer. I want to be that type of coach for the play­ers here.”

While by his early 20s Scott was one of the most sought af­ter young tal­ents in the coun­try, dur­ing his youth ca­reer it was far from cer­tain he would make it in the full-time game.

The fact he had to bat­tle to earn new deals as a kid at Dundee does, he be­lieves, put him in a good po­si­tion to judge those work­ing un­der him now.

“It’s a huge ti me i n play­ers’ de­vel­op­ment. Some boys ma­ture right away and adapt to the full-time foot­ball and the ex­pec­ta­tion. There is pres­sure on them be­cause they’re try­ing to im­press – it’s men­tally tough.

“Even for the ones who are, if they’re not get­ting the chances you have to maybe curb their frustration and tell them they just have to keep do­ing the things they have been. That was the case for me.

“I was for­tu­nate enough to get a one-year con­tract and then another year and it was from there my ca­reer kicked off.

“There were boys who got three-year con­tracts and you thought they were do­ing bet­ter but the way things worked out I had a ca­reer in foot­ball and some of them didn’t.

“The coaches I had back then had a lot to do in mak­ing that hap­pen.”

As much as he is rel­ish­ing this new chal­lenge, he does ad­mit the decision to hang up his boots to take up coach­ing full-time was a big one.

And at Raith Rovers the feel­ing was he could again be a key player in their bid to get out of League One.

Robert­son played for United from 2008-12, win­ning the Scot­tish Cup. Scott Robert­son feels ready to make the leap into coach­ing af­ter call­ing time

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