MARK Warburton says he doesn’t think it’s important to have a significant playing background in order to make it as a top manager.
The Gers boss was speaking after Ian Cathro was appointment Hearts Head Coach ahead of the Jambos trip to Ibrox this weekend.
Warburton thinks as long as you understand how footballers work then you can make it at the helm of a football club – the 54-year-old enjoyed a youth career at Leicester City before dropping into non-league football.
The Rangers manager said: “The game is changing, the players coming through the academy system are far more inquisitive and they know more about the game.
“I think the game is more about man management now and it is about creating the right environment for players. I think you can come in from a different background now.
“I came through the academy system and I was lucky enough to build up the age groups, start with the under 12s and 13s and then you work your way up and get used to the older age groups until you find yourself working with reserves and first-team players. I had a nice progression, I was lucky.
“Whatever job you do you want to come into an environment you can develop in and enjoy coming to work and if you can create that as a manager then you are in the right place.
“Players want to come in and be organised, know what they’re doing and they want to feel like they’re better for it.
“The thing that changes going to be the manager is that you have to make the big calls, the big decisions and the obvious one is team selection, player recruitment and who plays and doesn’t play.
“The smallest decisions can have the biggest impact sometimes and every decision you make at a football club you have to attach significance to it because there is always a consequence to your actions.
“It was interesting going in as a first-team manager for the first-time, mine was at Brentford, I got a phone call from the Chairman at one o’clock in the morning saying that the manager had left and could I take training the following day?
“You have to just go in there and if you can show you can answer their questions, have some subject knowledge and can deliver a well organised session then they will have you.
“Players are intelligent, I was interested to read Austin McPhee’s comments about the zoo and the changing room, players are clever and they know what they need. I thought his comments were very good.”
Cathro had been an assistant to Rafa Benitez at Newcastle United up until his move to the capital, previously working with Steve McClaren.
Before that Cathro, who becomes the youngest manager in Scotland’s topflight history at 30, worked in Dundee United’s youth system before spells at Rio Ave and Valencia as an assistant coach.
Warburton said: “I am delighted to see the appointment; I think it is brave on his part and I think it is a brave call by Hearts.
“I think it is brave in the right way and all credit to Hearts for giving him his chance. He has a lot of confidence to come and take the job and I am sure he has the ability to do well.
“He is a young coach but he obviously very knowledgeable and he has demonstrated that to a number of people within the game.
“I am pleased to see his appointment and I wish him well after the weekend!”