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Celtic great Scott Brown can succeed at Fleetwood

Aug 13, 2022

CALLUM Morton, a striker for Fleetwood, has worked for a startling SIX different managers in the past year. 

However, he thinks Scott Brown, a Celtic icon who took over the Cod Army this summer, will succeed on the north-west coast.

In the past year, Callum Morton has played for SIX different managers. Callum Morton, a Fleetwood star, joined the Cod Army from West Brom. 

Morton, 22, was a West Brom loanee for the first half of the previous season, but Stephen Cairney took over after Simon Grayson was fired in November. 

The frontman then played just five games until Darren Ferguson fired him, having spent the second half of last season on loan at Peterborough in the Championship. 

He then made one appearance while Matthew Etherington was the interim manager until Grant McCann took over and completely cut him out of the lineup after just one game. 

Morton has since returned to Fleetwood after agreeing to a three-year contract to play for manager No. 6. It would be difficult for even a Watford player, past or current, to have played under so many different managers!

Casually he says “It was a bit of a whirlwind season but it makes you better for it — experiencing playing under different managers with various styles of play.

“I learned that you had to adapt quickly to different managers.

“Football management is a cut-throat business — a couple of bad results and they’re panicking, trying to switch to different formations and styles as well as putting in different personnel. So you learn to be ready for everything like that.

“That sets you up for managers coming and going. As much as you want stable situations with managers, it does set you up well for the cut-throat business of the game.”

Morton joined Fleetwood for the first time because of Grayson, who after a trying season on loan at Lincoln due to injuries made him feel wanted.

 According to Morton: “I had a lot of loan options last season at bigger clubs than Fleetwood but Simon made it clear how much he wanted me, how I was going to play in his system and he was going to give me freedom to play. He made me feel wanted and I was so sad it didn’t work out for him here.

“Stephen Crainey stepped up from the under-23s and it was a difficult time for him to come in.

“I had the chance to play in the Championship at Peterborough, which in hindsight was not the right move for me.

“It was a difficult situation for Ferguson as they were battling relegation. It was literally now or never for him.

“We got to the point where we lost a key game to Derby and ultimately that was the end of the reign.

“It was a very unfortunate situation for me to walk into and one for him to find himself in so it didn’t work out as planned.

“After playing one game for Matt Etherington, McCann came in and started me in his first game in charge which we lost 3-0 to Hull. 

“He made it clear soon after he was going down the route of only playing players that would still be at the club the following season — so with me being on loan that wasn’t going to be me.

“It was such a frustrating time because I was training every day and ultimately not getting a sniff in the matchday squad and that was disappointing going from a place where I was comfortable playing good football. 

“That was a decision I made at the time and in hindsight it wasn’t the right one. But sometimes you never know until you take the plunge and do it.”

But Morton is content to be back in Lancashire. The team is ambitious after a season in which they were only able to finish first on goal differential. 

With Northampton, the striker achieved play-off-based promotion from League Two two years ago. 

As for Brown, he added, “The new gaffer has been pretty intense, which you would expect from a former player of his caliber. He wants the standards to be really high around the club, whether that be on the training pitch, in the dressing room or even around the canteen. He has made that clear from day one that those are his expectations.

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