Hibs midfielder Kevin Thomson is looking ahead to a career in football management when his playing days are over, and has recently assumed a coaching role at Edinburgh United.
Since completing his UEFA B Licence two months ago, the Scotland internationalist, right, has been helping out United manager Johnny Harvey at the Paties Road side’s training sessions, with a view to becoming a manager.
Thomson said: “It’s just a natural progression. I’m not getting any younger, I’m 29. I’ve always quite fancied trying my hand at being a manager and a coach. I’d like to give something back to the game that’s obviously been good to me. I’d hate to think that one day I would finish football and not have a hand in it.”
With United flying high in the South Division, and favourites for the league title after finishing bottom of the league last season, Thomson insists it is the coaching methods of Harvey which have turned the club around and admitted to being surprised with the level of United’s training.
He said: “I watched a session and saw what it was all about. I didn’t want to waste my time if it was just a muck around, but I was really surprised with how efficient Johnny has it running. It’s testament to him the fact that he tries to do it the right way regardless of the level they are playing at. That’s a big help in the fact they are doing so well – the way he has been so professional.”
Thomson hopes to complete his A-licence in the summer.