Callum Davidson, St Johnstone’s manager, clarified how he could substitute one Millwall loan player with another.
Before taking charge of the Perth club last summer, Davidson worked as an assistant to New Den manager Gary Rowett, and he returned to South London to loan out defender Danny McNamara.
The international youth of the Republic of Ireland was so impressed that Rowett brought him back six months early from his scheduled one-year loan, although he allowed Davidson to take James Brown until the end of the season as a substitute.
The McDiarmid Park manager said, “At the time I was there, they were both on the way down and James was probably training most of the time with the first team and Danny was out on loan and came back.”
I would have taken any of them, but because James was more interested with the first team, I took Danny first.
Gary wanted to get Danny back and I said, “Can I get James?” and he said, “Yes.”
So it was a really good deal, pretty stress-free. I was really pleased to get James, I knew his strengths. I was really pleased.
He’s a very different player from Danny, but I hope he’s going to be as good as Danny, and I’m sure he’s going to be.
Having connections was helpful. I think it also helps that I have been in the area and worked there for a few years, so I also know the players.
“You have a better chance of getting people here if they know you.”