Is John Hartson on his way to a managerial ladder climb? Seems so since it is reported that the volatile former Glasgow Celtic striker has been approached by lowly East Stirlingshire.
East Stirlingshire is a third division side that might as well have to be sold at the end of this season. Yet club owner Spencer Fearn is optimistic about the club’s long term prospects and is confident that Hartson can play a huge role in that. He says:
If it was good enough for Sir Alex, it should be good enough for big John.
We spoke to him last night and he was very positive, although there is a lot to consider. His kids are back down in Swansea and he has to think of that. But the discussions went well. He was positive and fine about it coming out in public.
I know John is doing media stuff but he wants to get into coaching. We’ve had a decent budget this year and next season, with the money we made from the Scottish Cup tie against Rangers, we will have a real crack at it.
He knows we want to get up into the Second Division and he could be the man to do it. I’ve always admired John for his passion and desire. He gives everything and has a sharp football mind. He has played at some wonderful clubs, worked under great managers and has a lot to offer. He would also be assisted by John Brownlie, who would be the experienced No2.
Oh, if you haven’t got what the hype is all about, then here it is. This is the same club where current Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson commenced his managerial climb decades ago. So can John Hartson become Sir Alex Fergsuon II? Maybe, maybe not.