New Albion boss feels Young again

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Former Aberdeen midfielder Darren Young says he isn’t afraid to start at the bottom as he begins his career in management.

Young has been appointed player/manager of Albion Rovers who dismissed previous boss James Ward after finishing seventh in League Two, despite their Scottish Cup win over Motherwell.

Having been freed by Championship side Alloa Atheltic, Young (35) had recently started working for Motherwell-based property agents EMPS, but jumped at the chance to get back into football.

He said: “I was hoping I would get another deal at Alloa , I had gone with them from the third to the second to the first so to be let go was a hard one to take.

“With the Championship the way it is this season, even though the legs are getting on a bit, it would have been a great way to go.

“However, then Albion Rovers popped up and I couldn’t ask for a better way to still continue to play and get my managerial career under way.

“I still feel fit enough so I intend to play, but I will be the first to hold my hand up if my form isn’t there or I’m not quite up to it.”

Young has appointed former Hearts boss Sandy Clark has his assistant, having worked with him at Dunfermline.

He said: “At the end of the day I am the manager and I will be calling the shots, but Sandy has massive experience so he’s a great guy to be able to lean on.

“I am stepping into management for the first time and I feel confident that I can do it, but there is a million things I don’t know so I’m delighted to have someone like Sandy to give advice.”

Having taken over at Cliftonhill, Young says it reminds him of his days as a trainee at Aberdeen.

He said: “Having listened to the board, I am confident Rovers are a team who are going places. Their ambition matches my own and having gone up through the divisions with Alloa I know what is required.

“Sandy has been on holiday, as has the kit-man, so for the first few weeks I’ve been washing the kit, washing the water bottles and cleaning up after everyone.

“It’s like starting all over again, those are the chores I was doing when I was 16 at Aberdeen, so things are coming full circle.

“However, it’s what needs to be done and it’s great to learn your trade. Starting at this level has worked well for guys like Paul Hartley, Colin Cameron and Barry Wilson before me.

“Starting at the bottom is what I always envisaged to get my foot in the door and if I’m going to make mistakes it is better to do it in a less harsh environment.”