Rising St Mirren gaffer Danny Lennon is getting set to rub shoulders with England boss Roy Hodgson.
With his managerial stock on the up following Saints’ superb run of form which has included victory over Celtic in the League Cup semi-final, Lennon will be aiming to pick up further tips from some of the game’s elite at a coaching conference on Sunday.
Hodgson, 65, will take centre stage during the SFA-organised event at Hampden.
Sunday’s conference also involves new Scotland manager Gordon Strachan, Wales boss Chris Coleman and Northern Ireland gaffer Michael O’Neill, in what will be a rare seminar involving all four Home Nations bosses.
The event is being organised to ensure that UEFA Pro-Licence holders – which includes Lennon – are kept abreast of the latest coaching methods employed at international level.
And the Buddies manager plans to make the most of his return to coaching school.
Lennon said: “I’ll be attending the conference on Sunday.
“As a manager, you don’t get much time to go and access knowledge like that.
“But I will go there, once again, with an open mind.
“It takes place at Hampden and I’ll certainly have a question or two to ask.
“When you are given access to people with that type of experience you want to cash in on it and you want to learn.”
The main highlight of the event will be the attendance of England manager Roy Hodgson, who has coached no less than 15 club sides in Scandinavia, Italy, Switzerland and England during a 37-year coaching career.
Lennon is looking forward to tapping into such vast experience.
Lennon said: “Roy Hodgson’s got a wonderful reputation and he’s a coach who is held in high esteem, so it’s a fantastic opportunity.
“It’s important you keep progressing and keep tabs on your development – and go into these events with an open mindset.
“And I think it’s great for the SFA and especially Jim Fleeting, the head of football development, that he’s able to get these people, top coaches and top managers, together.
“To give our coaches in this country access to that type of experience, is a positive move from the SFA.”
He added: “I will be going there with questions in mind and, hopefully, I’ll get an answer that’s going to enhance my knowledge.”