Colin Cameron showed at Hampden yesterday that he is well on the way to bouncing back from the disappointment of losing his job at Cowdenbeath last November.
The 41-year-old was accepting January’s SPFL League 2 Manager of the Month award for a fine opening spell as the player/manager of Berwick Rangers, where he has secured three wins and a draw in his first four games.
Talk of a promotion push from over the border is emerging and Cameron welcomes that, as he views promotion as the perfect thank you to the Shielfield board.
Cameron said: “I am enjoying life a lot better than I was a month ago. When I left Cowdenbeath people were asking if I was looking for a break. I had only been a manager for two-and-a-half years so I was wanting back in as soon as possible.”
The break came when Cameron thought it was better to walk away than have relationships ruined by getting pushed. Talk of a Championship containing Rangers and Hearts next season was the catalyst for him to leave Fife, less than 18 months after leading the Blue Brazil to the Second Division title and less than six months after successfully keeping them up.
Cameron explained: “The pressure is different in the Championship this season because of the financial implications of being in that league next season. There is a strong likelihood of Rangers and Hearts being there and it might even be better than being promoted to the Premiership for some clubs.”
After a third defeat in a row Cameron left Central Park, as he explained: “I put pressure on myself to try and keep a club in Championship. That was hard especially as a part-time club and things were just not going right on the pitch.
“I felt that the squad was more than good enough to stay up but things were not clicking. The relationship I had with the chairman Donald Findlay was good and I did not want that deteriorating. If results had continued as they had, it would probably have come to a point where he had to push me out the door and sack me.”
Cameron added: “You have got to look at the bigger picture and it is not always about you. I felt that if I was to leave then they had plenty of time to appoint anyone else.”
After two months of not working, Cameron took over from Ian Little at Berwick and he said: “When a new manager comes in they sometimes get a better response from the same players. You wonder why that is and I am sure that Ian is wondering why I am getting a response that he was not getting.
“I am delighted to be working again and I intend to pay Berwick back. When I took over I said to the chairman my aim was the play-offs at least. That has not changed although Peterhead are impressive leaders.”