Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers has had a huge impact on Raith Rovers boss John McGlynn as they push for Scottish Premiership promotion.
McGlynn’s side have won plenty of plaudits this season after their promotion from League One, looking good for a promotion play-off spot in the Scottish Championship. While at Celtic, McGlynn worked with the current Leicester City boss, and he was a big inspiration.
He said (The Times): “Being at Celtic and watching Brendan at close quarters is the key to how we’re playing now at Raith,” he says. “I’m not suggesting that we are like Celtic, far from it, but we are trying to get our players to play the style of football that I learned under Brendan.
“There is a theory in football: lump the ball up the park and get it as far away from your goal as possible. Brendan’s theory on that was: the ball will just come straight back at you. So, in keeping the ball deep in your own half, if you are facing a press, it’s a question of the risk you are willing to take.
“I learned so much from him. Initially, I was scouting at Celtic, and also doing the opposition analysis, and then I was going away and watching Champions League games — teams like Barcelona, Manchester City, Anderlecht and Bayern Munich — and then going to watch them play against Brendan and Celtic. In that working situation you can’t help but pick things up.
“I found Brendan to be brilliant. He was different class in all aspects: tactical, in training, in everything. His man-management was excellent. I’d been in football for years before I went in to Celtic but I learned an awful lot from Brendan Rodgers.”
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