BRENDAN RODGERS has backed Malky Mackay to get the SFA’s youth programme back on track.
The Celtic manager had the former Hoops central defender as his no.2 at Watford and he insisted the ex-Cardiff City boss would be perfect for the performance director role.
Mackay is in the running for the position after going through his interview at Hampden on Thursday. Another ex-Celt, John Collins, is also reported to be a candidate for the post vacated by Brian McClair in the summer.unspecified-1

Rodgers said: “I’ve worked with Malky. When I got my first manager’s job at Watford, Malky was in for it, as well.

“I was working at Chelsea at the time and was offered it. I think most people thought he would then be moved on, but I had done my homework on him and knew he was a good man and was keen to learn.

“He had not that long stopped playing, so I kept him and in my short period of time there he was a very loyal assistant for me.

“I know him well enough. When I was at Swansea as manager I was asked about him being Cardiff manager and I spoke well of him there as well in terms of what I thought he could do for Cardiff.

“Obviously, the last two or three years have been difficult for him, but in terms of skills set and qualities I’m not sure there is anyone better.

“I don’t know what the role is, but I assume you have to provide a vision, because that’s a mark of how the country will move forward. There has to be that in terms of how the players are going to be asked to be developed.

“Can you get kids here as early as you can, develop them towards being a top-class footballer? Can you provide education, diet and nutrition, which is vitally important up here?

“Get them thinking professionally, get more hours into them technically and tactically? Have a way of working that allows them to develop, not just smash a ball up a pitch?
“I would assume the role is going to be about that vision. I’m sure there are lots of good candidates, but I’m sure Malky, with his experience, would be one of the ones they would look to.”

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