Former Celtic defender Charlie Mulgrew has revealed his future ambitions after being handed a new role at Dundee United.
The 36-year-old was asked to be part of the backroom team at Tannadice having still been part of the Arabs first team since joining the club last year with him being made a player/coach at the team.
Under the management of Thomas Courts, the side finished fourth in the SPFL Premiership but have struggled this season as they finished bottom of the table before the World Cup break having only won three games this season.
Courts left the club in the summer and was replaced by former Hibs boss Jack Ross who was shown the door early into his tenure at Tannadice.
Mulgrew will be hoping that Dundee United’s fortunes change in the coming months as his role at the football club becomes even more important.
He’s experienced the high and lows of football during his career having had a very successful stint at his boyhood club Celtic during his six years at Parkhead which he will be hoping to carry into his coaching role under Liam Fox.
“The club were actively looking for a first-team coach, and the management spoke to me. It just snowballed from there, really. It is probably a great time in my career as I feel I still have something to add on the pitch and off the pitch in that side of things. I am delighted to be given the opportunity,” said Charlie Mulgrew as quoted by the Daily Record.
“Yes, it will (take some time to adjust the balance). I dipped my toe in a wee bit just before the break, and then I was getting into it last week, but it has been difficult as we had triple sessions, so that is the most difficult time.
“But I have managed to get one or two bits and pieces in. I just want to keep helping the manager get his message across and obviously add my part and my opinion – hopefully, I can help.”
“I do have ambitions for that (to become a manager) in the future. But it is like starting a whole new career again.
“As much as you have been in the sport and have been an experienced player, there are still a lot of things you need to learn. I’m not daft enough to think there isn’t. Hopefully, that will come in the future, but right now, I need to put my hours in and learn from the manager and coaching staff here, then go forward from that.”
Mulgrew’s priority will be to keep his side in the Premiership at all costs but this experience could be invaluable as he looks to eventually make the move into coaching.
His former teammate and friend Scott Brown has already made that step and has got off to a fairly decent start since joining English League One side Fleetwood Town during the summer after calling time on his playing career.