McManus on Management: Getting a Taste For It
- Sport Careers Agency client Allan McManus in caretaker charge of Championship club St Mirren
- Picked up a point at home to promotion challenging Falkirk
- McManus enjoying his first role in management
- Would consider a permanent manager’s role in future
STAND-IN St Mirren manager Allan McManus has admitted being the Paisley gaffer has now given him a taste for life as a boss - but not quite yet.
The client, in the hotseat on a temporary basis from his Head of Youth post, guided his relegation-haunted side to a vital Scottish Championship point in Saturday night's live TV 1-1 draw with high-flying Falkirk.
Bottom club Saints are expected to appoint a new manager this week and
McManus revealed: "It has been fantastic and and I have learned a lot about myself, this was a role as first team boss that I always said I would never go near in football.
"Now I have had a taste of it, though, I WOULD look at it in five or six years' time.
"I have a big enough job here as Head of Youth for now, though, without almost killing myself doing both of them."
Fellow client Peter Houston left the Paisley 2021 Stadium a frustrated manager after Saints' supersub Tom Walsh cancelled out Craig Sibbald's deflected free-kick.
McManus, though, was delighted with the character his side showed to claw their way back into it and he insisted: "I thought the draw was fair, we lost another freak goal which has happened so much this season.
"When you are at the bottom of the table that's what happens.
"I told them that if we were to change our fortunes we had to do it ourselves and if it took to the 87th minute to do that then so be it.
"That's how it turned out and Tom Walsh gave us impetus when he came on, he had been magnificent in training and it was a tough one not to start him.
"He has been very professional about it, though, and he thoroughly deserved his goal."