Brechin City manager Darren Dods said he can’t wait to lock horns with his mentor and ex-boss Dick Campbell.
The former Forfar Athletic defender is eyeing up the Angus derbies this season as a chance to go toe to toe with the man who taught him so much ahead of his first management position at Glebe Park.
I saw Dick’s man-management style and I’ve tried to take things and use them.Darren Dods
And the new City gaffer believes he will have learned a great deal from Campbell in his time at Station Park.
Dods said: “I’m looking forward to locking horns with him in the derby games, it should be interesting. He’ll have words to say anyway.
“Since day one when I signed at Forfar the manager was aware I was very keen to get my coaching badges and get into management. Obviously I got to see how a part-time club is run. Alastair runs Forfar very well and it was helpful to see that.
“Of course Dick runs the team and he keeps the players so fit and so motivated. He always keeps his players happy and nobody ever really wants to leave. I saw his man-management style and how good it was so I’ve tried to take things from that and use them. Everyone at Forfar was very helpful.
“Through the season he gave me lots of advice of what a manager would do here and there and so on. He wanted to keep me on as a player but it’s a huge opportunity.
“Anyone I speak to says the same, you’ll never forget your years playing under Dick Campbell - he’s a hard man to forget.”
Darren welcomed the opportunity to grab his first chance in the management game at Brechin, adding that he’s keen to continue the good work of his predecessor.
He continued: “It’s a great opportunity for me to start my managerial career at Brechin City.
“They’ve got a habit for going for younger managers like Ray McKinnon and they’ve showed faith in me to give me the opportunity so I want to work hard to achieve something here.
“I want to build on what Ray McKinnon’s done. He’s had them in the top four in the last two years. There’s a strong spine to the squad.
“We’ve lost Bobby Barr and Alan Trouten and so on but we’ll look to replace them and add bits to the team.
“We want to push for the play-offs again and of course the goal eventually is to get up a league.
“It’s a very well-run club and it always has been. I’m looking to getting started.”