The Big Manager Interview: Alan McKay (Tollcross Thistle AFC)

Alan McKay joins a list of Club Officials who have bought into the publicity ethos at Scottish Amateur Football News by supplying detailed information and photographs – not just from his own Club, writes Tom Scott.

Today, I am delighted to feature his Answers on a number of different Questions.

HERE WE GO:

WHAT IS YOUR FULL NAME and POSITION AT TOLLCROSS THISTLE?

“Alan McKay. Team Manager.”

WHAT IS YOUR FOOTBALL BACKGROUND PRE- TOLLCROSS?

“It’s been a while now since I played due to injuries unfortunately, but I played in Amateur and Youth Football.”

TELL US WHAT A WEEK OF INVOLVEMENT WOULD BE LIKE BEFORE COVID-19.

“It never stops really as you are always trying to give the players that platform to perform at training and games. This ranges from groups, and 1 to 1 Catch Ups, Pre Training.”

“Training sessions are ran by my Head Coach Sean Cobain, and then the hard decisions of picking a 16- man squad for the Saturday (sent out in the Friday evening).”

“The match day is always the favourite!”

HOW HAVE YOU ADAPTED AS A MANAGER DURING THE PANDEMIC?

“It’s just really checking in on the group. It’s obviously a difficult time for everyone in different ways whether that’s work and/or personal life.”

WHAT IS THE BEST PRANK OR WIND-UP YOU HAVE SEEN HAPPEN IN FOOTBALL?

“I have seen a few good ones that probably do not fall into the PG category, but Robbie Simpson delivered a fish to Steven Moncur’s face on a trip to Newcastle. I have also been done myself, when on a bus trip to a game ,and one of the players called me to say the game was off.”

“I fell for it unfortunately.”

CAN YOU GIVE OUR READERS AN INSIGHT INTO YOUR STYLE OF MANAGEMENT?

“It’s pretty simple really- give the players a platform to perform. I am no different to any other Manager. I want my team to play well and win.”

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