Bob Malcolm: Barry Ferguson and I want to be winners at Clyde like Rangers

NOT just content with taking part, it has always been about the winning for Barry Ferguson.

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League Two is a long way from height of success Bob Malcolm and Barry Ferguson enjoyed at Rangers
League Two is a long way from height of success Bob Malcolm and Barry Ferguson enjoyed at Rangers

From his first strides into the Rangers first team to his maiden steps into the dugout, the 36-year-old has become one of the most decorated Scottish players of his generation.

He has won league titles, domestic Trebles and appeared in European finals but he now has his sights on the League Two crown.

Ferguson has 15 medals from his illustrious Ibrox career and one English League Cup memento, gained in the unlikeliest of circumstances as Birmingham beat Arsenal at Wembley.

After completing another milestone and keeping Blackpool in the npower Championship last season, he has embarked on the latest stage of his career with Clyde.

The midfielder will still pull on his boots to dictate play in Scotland's fourth tier but it is from the sidelines where Ferguson's influence will be felt most.

He has been joined at Broadwood by Malky Thomson and former Ibrox star Bob Malcolm, with the latest quest for silverware now up and running.

"Everybody wants success and Barry has had a lot of that in his career," Malcolm told SportTimes.

"He takes a lot of pride in his work, he will leave no stone unturned.

"Success is the motivation when you are a player and when you make that step into coaching or management that doesn't change.

"Nobody goes into it and just does it for a job. You are in it to win things and make yourself better.

"Even though we have done well in our playing careers, we want to do it in our management careers now.

"Our thought is winning the league and, if we don't achieve that, we want to get promoted.

"We are not going in there just as a job. We want to get promoted.

"Hopefully we can build on what Jim Duffy and Chic Charnley achieved and take the club a step further."

Having captained Rangers during one of the most trophy-laden periods in their recent history, the natural step for Ferguson is to make the move into the dugout.

A hectic spell at Bloomfield Road saw him thrust into the spotlight in the aftermath of Paul Ince's sacking, but he did what was asked of him as the Seasiders retained their place in the division.

The end of the season brought the curtain down on his time south of the border and he has returned home ready and re-energised.

The men who stood shoulder to shoulder with him in England have followed him to Broadwood as another chapter is written in a long- running friendship.

"The most important thing for a manager and his assistant is the relationship between you and having trust," Malcolm said.

"We do have a good relationship and have known each other for a number of years.

"The good thing for us that we don't always agree with each other. We do have different points of view on things, as does Malky, so we have different perspectives on things.

"Ultimately, Barry is the manager and the final decision comes down to him but he doesn't need to make those decisions himself, he has got myself and Malky to help him."

Having emerged unscathed from their first stint in the dugout at Blackpool, Ferguson and his staff are preparing for a far different challenge.

"We were at Blackpool for a few months and people thought we would be looking at that level to get back into it," said Malcolm

"But the most satisfying thing for us is learning the game as coaches. We know it as players, but this is totally different.

"Clyde is a great start for us and we are determined to do a good job here."


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