Young picks up League Two top boss prize

YOUNG collected the accolade just a day and had words of praise for his former coach Tommy Craig who parted company with St Mirren.

ROOKIE boss Darren Young picked up his first award yesterday – then admitted his heart went out to axed St Mirren gaffer Tommy Craig.

The Albion Rovers chief was named League Two’s manager-of-the-month for November after his side went unbeaten through five games.

Young collected the accolade just a day after former coach Craig parted company with the Buddies following a dreadful start to the season.

The 36-year-old was cutting his teeth as a young player at Aberdeen when Craig was No 2 to Roy Aitken.

The midfielder knows getting the sack is an occupational hazard no manager is immune from.

But Young had nothing but praise for Craig – and admits he picked up some pointers which are helping his own fledgling managerial career.

He said: “I’ve played under a few managers – and seen a few off!

“Going back to the start with someone like Tommy Craig and remembering things that he done when I was 16 or 17 at Aberdeen.

“It’s about using things and picking up wee ideas from guys like that which could help improve yourself and the boys and try and make better players.

“I feel for Tommy this week. It’s sad.

“He’s a great coach and a good guy but it happens all the time. It’s just the way of the world.

“It will be the same for me if we don’t win as well. The same situation comes to me and managers like myself.”

Motherwell and St Mirren are both in the market for new managers.

Young thinks the struggling Premiership pair could do worse than look down the divisions and pick up a gem from a part-time club.

Dumbarton’s Ian Murray, Stevie Aitken at Stranraer and Alloa Athletic’s Barry Smith are all highly rated and doing good jobs on tight budgets.

And Young reckons top-flight teams should stay close to home when searching for the new man to turn around their fortunes.