Rob Lee believes Stephen Glass has pulled off a master stroke by bringing Scott Brown in as his Aberdeen No. 2.
The new Dons boss sealed a deal last week that will see the Celtic captain move to Pittodrie as player/assistant manager in the summer.
Lee knows Glass well from their time together at Newcastle United and isn’t surprised by the fact he has surrounded himself with top names, like Brown and England striking coach Allan Russell, who is also joining his Dons revolution.
Lee stated: “Aberdeen is the ideal club for Stephen. He came through the ranks and won a trophy there before he moved to Newcastle United.
“He will know Scottish football very well. He has taken Scott Brown in with him and I think that is a masterstroke. It is a great appointment from Stephen.
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“Nobody knows Scottish football better than Scott. I know that Stephen and Scott played together at Hibs but to convince somebody like Scott to come in shows Stephen’s standing and how highly he is respected by others in the game.”
Glass will arrive from Atlanta United 2 next month. He has built up his coaching reputation in America and even took the main Atlanta United team for the end of their Major League Soccer season when it returned from the covid-enforced break.
The Aberdeen manager has played under some top managers like Kenny Dalglish, Sir Bobby Robson, Gianluca Vialli and Ruud Gullit and Lee knows a lot that will have rubbed off on Glass.
Lee recalled “I think it was Kenny who brought him in because it was the season we lost the FA Cup Final.
“It was the Scottish connection with Kenny but Stephen also played under Ruud Gullit and Sir Bobby Robson at Newcastle.
“That isn’t a bad list of managers to have learned from and played under, is it?
“All the top coaches and managers learn different things from different people and Stephen has done that in Scotland, England and now in America and he now looks more than ready to become his own man.”
Glass also was in a Newcastle United dressing room with the likes of Alan Shearer, Duncan Ferguson, David Batty and Stuart Pearce but always made sure he stood up for himself and got his point across.
Lee explained: “Stephen was a very good player in our Newcastle United team. He was probably an even better player than he thought he was himself.
“He had a great left-foot, as a clever player and really understood the game.
“He was very quiet but that was because our dressing room was very loud. “We had Alan Shearer, Duncan Ferguson, David Batty, Stuart Pearce, Tino Asprilla and myself. We had a loud, loud dressing room and Stephen was one of the quieter ones but he always stood up for himself and stood his ground.
“If he had something to say then he wouldn’t be shy in telling us.
“The one thing about Stephen is he was quiet but he had a bit of a steel about him and he certainly was never a soft touch.”
The former England international has kept in touch with Glass and his progress and knows he wants his teams to play the way he played.
Lee confirmed: “He is a genuinely nice guy and somebody who thinks a lot about the game.
“He was intelligent and understood the way the game should be played.
“He didn’t want the ball booted round his neck or up in the air.
“We didn’t play that way and the way Newcastle played suited him.
“I spoke to Stephen about six months ago and he has been out in the States.
“I know he had a very good reputation and how highly they rated him. “I know Atlanta rated him highly and I am really intrigued to see how he does at Aberdeen.
“I think he will do very well.
“Stephen was always an attacking player and I know speaking to him and other people out in America that is the way he wants to play.
“I expect him to come up to Aberdeen and do well.
“He is certainly going into a club that has been used to being one of the top sides in Scotland and I can see Stephen building on that at Aberdeen again.”