ANDY Scott owes a debt of gratitude to Martin Ling for breaking into football management.
It was Ling who gave the former Sheffield United striker his first coaching role at Leyton Orient six years ago.
“He made me youth-team coach when I had to retire so I owe him massively,” Scott told The Star.
“There are not many jobs in football that go around and he was good enough to give me that job because he believed in me.
“I think I repaid him with the work I did for him.”
An experienced campaigner, Ling knows his way around the lower divisions and was appointed Torquay United manager in June. He succeeded Paul Buckle at the helm after the Gulls had lost to Stevenage in the play-off final.
Scott and his Rotherham United side head to Devon in 48 hours time looking to build on their 1-1 draw at Accrington and he admits he is looking forward to meeting up with his close pal.
“I’m sure we will have a glass of wine and a chat afterwards,” said Scott. “Martin is a very good friend of mine.
“I had difficulties in my time at Orient and he was there for me throughout and I will always be grateful for that.
“It will be good to meet up with him and I’m glad he is back in football. He is a good manager and they need to be in the game. I hope he does well there but not on Saturday!”
Asked if it will feel strange being in the opposite dugout to Ling, he added: “It is going to be a little bit different but once the game starts you don’t think about it. It will be nice to pit my wits against him. I want to test myself against managers who play the game differently and have different ideas about the game.
“I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Orient and I learned a lot off Martin from his man management style to the squads he assembled. I have taken a lot of things that I do off Martin and I enjoyed playing and working under him.
“I loved working under him and I still speak to him every now and then but it is difficult when you have got so much to concentrate on.
“We are good friends; he knows if I need something I can ring him up and vice versa. He’s a good man and we will probably chew the fat a bit and play a bit of golf in the summer together.”
While he was unhappy with Accrington’s controversial late equaliser on Tuesday, Scott refused to blame the match officials for the Millers not returning to South Yorkshire with three points.
He said he took plenty of positives from his side’s showing, saying: “I wanted a better performance for a lot longer in the game than we were on Saturday. That is what I asked for and people responded. I thought we were excellent. I thought we were really, really good and we will go and beat sides heavily if we pla like that.”