Motherwell and Celtic hero Scott McDonald believes the head coach job at Gold Coast Knights is a perfect first step for his post-playing career.
The Australian has taken up the role at the Queensland National Premier League club, retiring after a stint with A-League team Western Sydney Wanderers. McDonald spent a large portion of his playing days in Scottish football, most notably with Motherwell then Celtic. There were also spells at Dundee United and Partick Thistle.
McDonald said of the move (KL): “I have been to meet the players. I have been there myself, with the future uncertain with what lies ahead. So it’s been good to get a real feel for it. I am really buzzing and really excited to start the next stage of my career. It’s a totally different feeling walking into a changing room as a head coach.
“Everyone looks to you to be their leader. I’m not going to ask the players to do anything I can’t do. I want to bring an extra dimension of professionalism to the football club. To see what is at our disposal is fantastic. I can’t wait to get involved, but I had to make a tough decision in terms of retiring.
“My ambition has always been to become a manager – it was just a case of when. Now was a good time. My family are settled. That was more important than my career so I’m just thankful that I have been given this opportunity.”
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