By David Weir’s own admission, comparisons with the likes of Sir Alex Ferguson, Craig Brown and Walter Smith would be churlish, ridiculous even, at this stage of his managerial career.
But the Sheffield United manager,remains determined to become the latest in a long line of Scots to leave their mark on British football.
Character and gallus, the Glaswegian word for confidence, have been touted as reasons why folk north of the border seem best suited to this most demanding of trades.
The most accurate explanation, though, is likely to be somewhat less romantic. The SFA’s coaching centre at Largs.
“I really can’t speak highly enough of the courses they do up there,” Weir, who completed his coaching badges on the Firth of Clyde, said. “I’m a long, long away yet from being mentioned in the same breath as some of those names. It’s not something I would want to do either.
“It’s such an enjoyable environment there though. And the people who have passed through always tend to come back to pass on the knowledge they’ve gained.”
While the paint still dries on the walls of St George’s Park, England’s seat of learning near Burton, Largs is positively seeped in tradition.
Jose Mourinho and Andre Villas Boas, who count themselves as Largs alumni, are living proof it does no harm. As Brown explained: “When I was in charge of Scotland I can remember telling all of the elder statement in the squad to start doing their coaching badges and David has completed all of his with the SFA.”