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Neil McCann says he will find it hard to walk away from Inverness Caledonian Thistle


By Andrew Henderson

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Neil McCann says it will not be easy to walk away from Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

Picture - Ken Macpherson, Inverness. Hearts(3) v Inverness CT(0). 24.04.21. ICT interim manager Neil McCann at the end.
Picture - Ken Macpherson, Inverness. Hearts(3) v Inverness CT(0). 24.04.21. ICT interim manager Neil McCann at the end.

The club’s interim manager has confirmed that tonight’s Championship closer against Ayr United will be his last match in charge at the Caledonian Stadium.

McCann took charge on a temporary basis after John Robertson was granted an indefinite period of compassionate leave in February, and has since formed a close bond with the squad under his management.

That made it all the more difficult to say goodbye when he led training for the final time yesterday.

“It’s not easy to walk away,” he admitted.

“I’m an emotional guy, and you get attached to the job and the players right away.

“Hopefully everybody has seen that although it’s not my side, when I take something up I give it 100 per cent and I’m totally invested in it.

“I maybe got over-invested last weekend.

“I just love the place. It’s sad that it’s my last training session and I’ll be coming away.

“If I have made boys better, and people think I have done a good job, that is the most important thing.”

It was difficult circumstances for all involved as McCann has not been able to overhaul the squad, nor did he want to knowing that Robertson would be returning to his post at some stage.

However, he could not fault the application of the Caley Thistle players from day one.

“Generally a new manager comes in under very different circumstances, where one manager has lost his job,” McCann reasoned.

“This was very unique in the fact that the manager was still in place, but he had to take a step back.

“It was maybe a wee bit more difficult, because it was very short term and I was working with another man’s side who is going to take back over.

“I can’t play how John wanted to play, because he is his own man with his own ideas. It took us a wee bit of time, but the reaction from day one has been absolutely brilliant.

“I complimented the guys on their professionalism, because it’s hard to pick a team, it’s hard to do the job we were doing under the circumstances, but their application has been first class.”


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