Fleetwood boss Scott Brown speaks on managerial ambition and influence.


Scott Brown
Brown won 10 titles, six Scottish Cups and six Scottish League Cups in his time at Parkhead after signing from Hibernian in 2007.

Mr. Celtic himself, Scott Brown, was the embodiment of what it meant to be a Celtic player. For many years, he was an inspirational and aggressive captain who wore his heart on his sleeve.


Brown won 10 titles, six Scottish Cups and six Scottish League Cups in his time at Parkhead after signing from Hibernian in 2007.


After hanging up his boots last season with Aberdeen, he moved into full-time management with League One club Fleetwood Town in the summer.


It may have surprised some that Brown chose to move away from Scotland, where his reputation is greatest and where he was 55 caps for his country, but the Fifer has no doubts that moving to the Lancashire coast was the right call.


Speaking to BBC Sports, Brown told the media,


"I did have a couple of offers in Scotland, but I wanted a change of scenery and to put myself out of my comfort zone as well.


"It was a great opportunity. We have a fantastic training ground, we've got a new stadium with a great pitch," Brown says, "We are punching above our weight and it's a fantastic place to start.


"Don't get me wrong, I loved my time in the goldfish bowl. It was unbelievable. Playing for Celtic was probably the best time of my entire life. It was a fantastic experience, but that time is gone and I have to focus on Fleetwood."


Brown, whose side sit 17th after Saturday's 2-1 home defeat by Bolton Wanderers, is open about how he leans on the ideas and advice of those who managed him during his playing days, such as Neil Lennon, Alex McLeish, Brendan Rodgers, Walter Smith and Gordon Strachan, but it's clear that he wants to forge his own path in the dugout.


"I think you have to put your own spin on it", he says. "Gordon signed me for Celtic and I still speak to Gordon now. Walter gave me my first Scotland cap and then Big Eck as well.


"The training sessions I always liked as a player I would write down and say 'one day I will use that'. You steal little bits from every manager.


"I speak to Neil, I speak to Brendan. Brendan was brilliant for me, a big influence."


Leicester City's Rodgers was the first person Brown contacted after taking the Fleetwood job.


"Spoke about day-to-day activity, what you are going to need to do, how you are going to get organised," he recalls. "Small details that you maybe don't know about."


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