Andrea Pavan has spoken highly of Paul Heckingbottom after the Italian golfer teamed up with the Hibs head coach at the Scottish Open last week.
The former Barnsley boss is a keen golfer, and participated in the pro-am ahead of the main event at the Renaissance Club, where he was paired with Rome-born Pavan.
Speaking to the Sunday Mail, Pavan was complimentary of Heckingbottom's ability, saying: "It was a lot of fun playing with Paul in the pro-am.
"To be honest, I don't think he's a nine handicap, because he hit a few birdies. He hit a lot of long drives."
Pavan is a self-confessed football fan, and follows local side Roma. Nevertheless, the chance to play with the head coach of a club was an added benefit for the 30-year-old.
"I'm a big football fan - Roma is my team, so it was nice to play with a professional coach," Pavan explained.
"It's always nice to play with other athletes at a professional level.
"We had a chat, and my caddie got involved as well. He played some professional football in Argentina, but I don't think Paul is trying to sign him."
Despite admitting he hadn't come across Hibs prior to meeting Heckingbottom, Pavan hinted that the Easter Road side may have gained a new fan.
"I hadn't heard of Hibs before I played with Paul. I think they will maybe be my Scottish team from now on," he said.
"He asked me if I had any green clothes to wear but I didn't. I went to Texas A&M University, and our colour was maroon, so that definitely wasn't the right combination for Paul. But we had good fun."
Pavan finished with a final score of -19 at the Scottish Open, tied with Henrik Stenson, Andrew Putnam, Andrew "Beef" Johnston and Nino Bertasio.