In the latest installment of our guest specials, Good John is joined by former Scottish Sun Sports Editor and ex-Airdrie CEO Iain King, who is now coaching at North Toronto Nitros in Canada.
After covering off more reflection on Scotland’s qualification to Euro 2020, Iain talks about how he worked his way up the journalism ladder before joining The Scottish Sun in 2000. During his 15 years at the paper, he became Chief Football Writer then became Sports Editor in 2007. Iain was honest when asked about defending the papers reputation in comparison to its English version and how they overtook the Daily Record to become the most sold paper in Scotland. Iain also won Football Writer of the Year for three consecutive years thanks to scoops like Barry Ferguson’s return to Rangers and Roy Keane signing for Celtic.
Following a decision to take redundancy from the Scottish Sun in 2015, Iain became CEO at Airdrie and he goes through the challenges of the role, none bigger than when Manager, and good friend, Eddie Wolecki-Black suffered a stroke at half time during a game in Cowdenbeath. He left the club that summer and then moved to Canada under a year later to take up a coaching role at North Toronto Nitros. Iain’s coaching career actually began during his newspaper days as he managed both East Kilbride and BSC Glasgow, so this held him in good stead to head out to Toronto. He explains that he is largely responsible for bringing kids of many age groups, male and female, through the academy.
We round off by touching on his involvement with Northern American Scottish Coaches Association, where they hold weekly Zoom calls with many Scots coaches over here like Walter Smith, David Weir and Kevin Harper, before an interesting round of quick fire questions. Who makes his journalists 5 a-side team?