The Scottish Mail on Sunday
Mackay loves roving profile but enjoyed time back in the dugout
MALKY MACKAY admits he has relished his return to the dugout at the Toulon Tournament — but insists it is only a temporary measure.
Scotland’s youngsters impressed in the prestigious French tournament by finishing third after yesterday’s 3-0 victory over the Czech Republic.
Goals from man-ofthe-match Ryan Hardie and Craig Wighton were followed by a Czech own goal to cap a fortnight to remember.
SFA performance director Mackay briefly joined Scotland manager Scot Gemmill and assistant Peter Grant in the dugout but explained: ‘I enjoy being at training, but I am conscious that it’s not my job.
‘Without a doubt, Scot is running this all day long and he is just using me for a whisper in the ear, and he’s got Peter Grant who has been terrific.
‘Scot has loved working with Peter who is now a very experienced coach in England for the last 20 years.’
Mackay had spells managing Watford, Cardiff and Wigan, and explained his philosophy of excellence.
‘I am passionate about football and it’s the sugar in this job for me as opposed to sitting in a boardroom overseeing how departments should work,’ he said.
‘It’s about raising standards and making us play against the best to become better ourselves.
‘I don’t want players to be underwhelmed by coming away with their national team. I want it to be of the standards of a top team.
‘I want the best practice. Sport science, medicine, analysis and coaching.’