St Johnstone manager Callum Davidson has had a more than decent start to life at McDiarmid Park since being appointed in June.
Davidson doesn’t seem to be overawed in taking over from a club legend in Tommy Wright, who won the Scottish Cup as manager in 2014. Wright was never going to be an easy act to follow, but in his first managerial job Davidson is doing very well.
Unbeaten in 90 minutes over last 10 games
He currently has the Perth side on a lengthy unbeaten run. In their last 10 games the Saints are unbeaten over 90 minutes. That is a very impressive statistic.
Okay, some of those games might have been against lower league teams in the Betfred Cup, but you can only beat what is in front of you.
St Johnstone’s good run seems to have perhaps gone a bit under the radar. That might be because the news cycle is dominated by events at ‘bigger’ clubs. However, that won’t stop Davidson from getting on with his work, and helping St Johnstone climb the table.
Next fixture is an intriguing one
Davidson’s next fixture as manager is an intriguing one. He takes his side to struggling Celtic on Sunday. He should be confident of his team going to Glasgow and getting a result.
St Johnstone currently sit in seventh place in the Premiership table, only a point behind sixth placed Kilmarnock. If the Saints can finish in the top six at the end of the season, that will be a good start to Davidson’s career as manager.
What he has learned whilst working at clubs like Stoke City and Millwall seems to be paying off so far. It may have been a gamble giving Davidson his first managerial job, but at the moment it looks to be paying off. Working as Tommy Wright’s assistant might have helped too.
St Johnstone and Davidson should have confidence for the rest of the season.