Dan Seaborne: Archibald up there with best managers

Dan Seaborne is enjoying the positive vibe at Patrick Thistle. Picture: SNS Group

Dan Seaborne is enjoying the positive vibe at Patrick Thistle. Picture: SNS Group

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Dan Seaborne reckons Alan Archibald has the managerial talent to rub shoulders with some of the very best in English football but does not get the credit he deserves because of his laid-back demeanour.

Since being thrust into the job in January 2013 when Jackie McNamara left for Dundee United, Archibald has worked wonders with the Maryhill men by leading them to promotion and re-establishing them as a top-flight side.

However, it may take a victory over Celtic today at Parkhead for many to really sit up and take notice of what Archibald is achieving.

Seaborne has worked with Alan Pardew and Nigel Adkins at Southampton in the past and while Archibald may have a different character he feels he is of the same standard.

Seaborne said: “In terms of success, the best manager I worked with was probably Nigel Adkins, as he got us two promotions into the Premier League.

“Alan Pardew was a really good man-manager too and is now being talked about for Madrid and the England job and stuff like this.

“Every manager I’ve worked for has been a different character and had a different approach. The gaffer here is right up there with the job he’s doing. He relates to the players a lot more than I had probably seen before.

“He’s the polar opposite of Pardew. The gaffer here is very approachable while Pardew was very much The Manager. Training was similar – both well-drilled with a lot of work on shape and tactics.

“Was Pardew intimidating? No, he bought me so he took me under his wing. But he was very much The Manager whereas the gaffer here will get among the lads, sit in the dressing room and just talk about the game as we did the day after the Aberdeen game.

“He’ll just sit with a coffee and chat about the game rather than using the video analysis, although we do that too. But sometimes like he’ll just sit and have a friendly chat about a game and some lads respond really well to that.

“Moving straight from playing into management could be a plus or a negative but the gaffer here has turned it into a plus. “He’s done really well. He had to take on the reins of management quickly and become like a sponge, taking in lots of information quickly. He’s created a good vibe around the club.”

Thistle are on a terrific six-match unbeaten run but Seaborne knows it is incredibly tight with only five points separating sixth and 11th, so more work has to be done, even if Parkhead is the toughest test of them all.

He said: “We’re looking up to an extent but we have to also keep an eye on what is happening below us. There’s still a real threat from the teams down there. I think Dundee United will come good as they’re a decent side.

“It will be tough at Parkhead, but if we can start well then we can have a go.”

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