Mark Fotheringham insists relentless Celtic 'pressure' will help him succeed at Huddersfield

The former Hoops man feels his experience at the club will help him in his new endeavour
The former Hoops man feels his experience at the club will help him in his new endeavour

Ex-Celtic midfielder Mark Fotheringham reckons the relentless nature of the 'pressure' to succeed as a young player at Celtic has prepared him for what life will be like as boss of Huddersfield Town.

The 38-year-old was recently appointed the head coach of the English Championship side, and he reckons coming through the ranks at the Hoops means he can deal with whatever his new role throws at him.

His playing career was vast and saw him join Freiburg in Germany before going to Norwich City, both Dundee clubs, Livingston and Ross County.

He was most recently the assistant manager at Bundesliga team Hertha Berlin and also had a spell as number two at Cowdenbeath.

Now he finds himself in charge for the first time down south.

Speaking to club media, he said: "There's been a lot of speculation regarding myself going to the Bundesliga but there's a real excitement here.

"We know Huddersfield have an identification with the German way and we felt it was a good fit for me.

"We know there's great rewards to go to the place we want to go, the Premier League.

"I'm looking forward to showing what I can bring to the table. I had a lot of experiences in different cultures and it was very important for my development.

"When I went to Freiburg, I fell in love with German football.

"I made a deal with myself as a young coach. I wanted to work in the Bundesliga, which I've now done, and the second was I wanted to work in the Premier League.

"This gives me a good opportunity to go there, but we need to be careful not to get too far ahead of ourselves.

"I enjoy working in an environment where there's pressure. I've been used to that.

"I was brought up and developed at Celtic. With Celtic, it's pressure week in, week out.

"I want to bring a German mentality to English football at this level but with my Scottish personality."