Still Work To Be Done: Billy Stark
Updated Tuesday, 16th November 2010
Billy Stark starts again with his new Under 21 squad on Wednesday at Firhill.
Billy Stark does not want to return to club management just yet. He considers he has unfinished business with the Scotland Under-21s before he would think about moving back to the day-to-day involvement with players and all that goes with being a club manager. The former St Johnstone and Queen's Park manager had been linked with the vacant post at Hibs before Colin Calderwood sneaked up on the rails and was appointed. He will still be on the list - in pencil - drawn up at his former club Aberdeen as the pressure remains heavy on Mark McGhee's shoulders. Stark's profile was raised when his side narrowly failed in their bid to make the 2011 European Under 21s' Championship finals in Denmark, losing to Iceland in a two-legged play-off last month. That disappointment is fresh in his mind as he begins moulding the next crop of young Scots, who meet Northern Ireland in a friendly at Firhill on Wednesday night.
Asked about being linked with different clubs recently Stark said: "That's always nice because we all have a certain ego but it's not something I think about to be honest with you. I realise there is speculation and sometimes you have to respond to that. I feel ambitious as all football people do but right now my ambition lies in trying to get the under-21s that step further in the next campaign. We have a new squad coming together and I'm energised already. I hope this group of players can have the belief that the last squad had. So that's the starting point just now - working to get that belief in to them."
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