New Falkirk assistant Gordon Young comes with a Scotland manager’s seal of approval

Gordon Young moved to Falkirk from Impact Soccer Club, California. Picture Michael Gillen.
Gordon Young moved to Falkirk from Impact Soccer Club, California. Picture Michael Gillen.

Gordon Young comes to Falkirk on the recommendation of a former Bairn, and Scotland manager.

Craig Brown - the last Scotland manager to take the national side to a major championships – played a key role in landing Paul Hartley’s new assistant.

** READ AN IN-DEPTH INTERVIEW WITH BAIRNS ASSISTANT MANAGER GORDON YOUNG IN THE FALKIRK HERALD THIS WEEK**

Brown worked with Young during his time at Motherwell and selected his name as the stand-out candidate in the Bairns search for a new number two after Jimmy Nicholl’s switch to Rangers.

“The manager had spoken to Craig Brown and Archie Knox, they had a shortlist of candidates and asked Craig to vet it. Craig thought I would be available and it snowballed from there.

“I was on the tarmac at Heathrow [heading back to San Francisco where Young had been based] when Archie Knox text me. I had 30 seconds to speak to him or tell the pilot to keep the brakes on! You can imagine that flight. I barely slept. I couldn’t speak to him by the time I landed 11 hours later at 4am either.”

** READ AN IN-DEPTH INTERVIEW WITH BAIRNS ASSISTANT MANAGER GORDON YOUNG IN THE FALKIRK HERALD THIS WEEK**

However Young’s move back to Scotland from California – to a club just four miles from the Scottish village of the same name – moved on and he has taken his place in the dugout for two sucessive 3-1 wins.

Speaking as a guest on Rocksport radio he added: “I had had three years with Craig and Archie. Craig came to visit us at the hotel on Friday night (before Cove Rangers) and we had a chat for a few hours. He paid me a lovely compliment that one of the mistakes he made was when they left Motherwell for Aberdeen he didn’t take me with them. That was quite humbling.”

** READ AN IN-DEPTH INTERVIEW WITH BAIRNS ASSISTANT MANAGER GORDON YOUNG IN THE FALKIRK HERALD THIS WEEK**