Brown Ferguson joins Faddy and other stars seeking UEFA Pro Licence
Linlithgow Rose gaffer Brown Ferguson fulfilled a long time ambition this week when he started his two-year UEFA Pro Licence course.
Bomber (39), who already has his A Licence, is doing the online course with football stars including James McFadden, Kenny Miller, Kevin Thomson, Scott McDonald, Shaun Maloney and Dean Whitehead.
“It’s great to be part of the course,” he told the Journal and Gazette.
“I’ve had a bit of an increased workload this week, being back on the training pitch, the licensing and also my day job as well.
“It’s been a busy week, but enjoyable. At the moment the course is online so I’m just working from home with the rest of the candidates.
“But over the course of the two years we are hopeful – despite Covid – of going to Slovenia for the Under-21 Championships next summer.
“And then obviously you need to organise a club visit abroad as well, doing a club study as part of the course.
“Normally the courses would be taking place at Hampden or at Oriam but because of the whole situation they’re taking place online.
“There are 20 candidates looking at a Zoom screen so it’s been a bit strange but it’s been good so far.
“From a coach education perspective this is the pinnacle. You can’t really get any higher than that level.
“It’s something that I’ve always wanted to do and wanted to go on. In terms of the qualification itself, where that allows you to operate is obviously at the highest level.
“My focus is obviously with Linlithgow Rose just now but hopefully I’ll have a long career in the game and you just never know what could happen with either the Rose or myself. There is obviously that bar where you want to be as qualified as you can.
“The most important thing from that as well is meeting new people and networking with guys that I have not done so before which can hopefully help my own career but also help the Rose.”
Brown, who has signed American goalkeeper Brian Schwake on a season’s long loan from Livingston, said that Rose training sessions have been going well since the resumption from Covid-19. He said he and the players were gearing up for the East of Scotland Premier Division’s provisional start date of October 10.