Former Stoke City number two Callum Davidson has credited his rough ride in the Potteries for building up his managerial pedigree.
Davidson has just taken the number one job at Scottish Premier League outfit St Johnstone and says he has learned from the mistakes he saw and experienced at Stoke.
Davidson was Gary Rowett‘s number two for just over six months before the pair got the boot in January 2019.
He then followed Rowett to Millwall and was all set to re-start their Championship campaign when St Johnstone, where he has previously served as assistant manager, came calling.
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And after accepting the job at St Johnstone, who were seventh when the SPL closed down because of the coronavirus crisis, Davidson was quick to cast a grateful glance to his short time at a newly-relegated Stoke.
“I look back on Stoke now and see what I did wrong,” he told the Dundee Courier.
“That’s how you learn. The number of players and staff Stoke had was incredible.
“They’d just come down from the Premier League so there were people who didn’t want to be there, there were players who were unhappy at being in the Championship, there were staff who didn’t have a role. So there was loads to deal with.
“Whereas at St Johnstone, I would sometimes drive the kit van or I’d help out with the laundry if someone was off.
“What do I prefer? Mucking in because you always need everyone to fight and be pulling in the right direction.
“The reason for me going away was to pick up experience and the last two years have given me a different outlook on management and styles of management.”