The Scottish Mail on Sunday

Mackay loves roving pro­file but en­joyed time back in the dugout

- By Mark Walker

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.’

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VI­SION: Mackay wants ex­cel­lence at all lev­els

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