Bonnyrigg Rose manager David McGlynn has revealed his intention to instil the current attacking football philosophy at Hearts into his Super League side.
In addition, to his duties with Rose, McGlynn joined Hearts as a youth coach in August and takes charge of the Under-17 side at Riccarton with Jambos legend John Robertson and Andy Brown.
With Hearts head coach Robbie Neilson and director of football Craig Levein demanding the same brand of football be played across all ages at the club’s Hearts academy, McGlynn has been schooled in their philosophy.
And the former Musselburgh Athletic boss now has his sights set on progressing up the coaching ladder – with a full-time job at a professional club his long-term ambition.
McGlynn, pictured, who is close to attaining his youth licence, said: “I’ve known Robbie for years and Craig obviously knew my uncle John [McGlynn, the former Hearts coach and manager] as well.
“I went to speak to Robbie and Craig, and Roger Arnott [Academy manager] said to me ‘we want you take the Under-17s team’. We are always in talks with Robbie and Craig and they are always looking at our training and looking at how the boys are coming on. We’ve to play the same formation as the first team and we’ve had coaching nights with Robbie giving us information on how he wants the team to play.
“I’ve been involved in football all my life and once I started getting in the coaching side of things, it was always a target of mine to get into a professional club.”
As well coaching Bonnyrigg and Hearts, McGlynn also helps out with Musselburgh Athletic’s under-13 side, who train twice a week.
It’s a busy schedule for McGlynn, with Monday being his only day off as he coaches every night of the week with matches at the weekend. Since taking over at Bonnyrigg, McGlynn has changed the club’s footballing style with an emphasis on playing the ball out from the back and utilising his pacy wide men – similar to Neilson’s Championship table-toppers.
He said: “It’s not just about getting the ball forward as quickly as you can – you’ve got to do it with a purpose. If you’ve got the ball, other teams have got to run and will tire eventually. We’ll score later goals because of the amount of possession we are having.
“We’ve changed the style of play at Bonnyrigg from what it has been here before. We want to pass it and move and do it in good areas of the pitch. However, there always has to be another game plan so, if we have to mix it up, we can do that.”