New Dundee United manager Liam Fox has said that the chance to take charge at Tannadice came at the right time in his career and he can’t wait to take the team forward.
Fox had been acting as interim boss following the sacking of Jack Ross but came out on top after the club spoke to several candidates to become the new permanent manager.
The 38-year-old had moved to United last year to work as assistant coach, having previously been assistant manager at Livingston, and before that a first team coach at Hearts. The former player did have a short stint as Cowdenbeath manager six years ago but thinks now is the time to take a big step forward.
“I feel now is the right time to become a manager,” he said.
“I feel like I’ve done a decent apprenticeship to get to this point so that gives me confidence. I’ve worked with some very good people and I’ve learned a lot from those people.
“Sometimes things just align for you and this has just come at the right time for me.
“I finished playing early to get the opportunity to hopefully be ahead of the game in relation to people of a similar age who had been playing.
“In any job in football, there are ups and downs and there have been some real highs and some lows for me, but you always learn the most about yourself in the low periods and I think that was evident for me.
“I’ve worked with a lot of good people in different roles and that gives me confidence that at this point I’m ready to lead this football club.”
Fox has named Stevie Crawford as his right-hand man and will draw up on the former Scotland international’s experience as well as other figures within the game but is adamant he’ll trust his own jusgement as he forges a new path for himself.
“There are people I can pick up the phone to if I need advice but I need to make the decisions for myself and find my way,” he said. “There’s no point in me trying to be somebody else.
“Sometimes the more people that give you advice, the more clouded your judgment becomes. It’s about me being myself.”