Hamilton: Michael McGovern backs Canning for Accies job

By Jane LewisBBC Scotland
Interview: Hamilton keeper Michael McGovern

Hamilton Academical goalkeeper Michael McGovern wants interim coach Martin Canning to be handed the manager's job on a full time basis.

Canning, 33, has taken charge of Accies following Alex Neil's exit to Norwich City.

"I would like to see him get the job, I think it definitely could work," McGovern told BBC Scotland.

"He's well respected in the dressing room and I'm sure that would be a good appointment."

In player-interim coach Canning's only match in charge so far, Hamilton lost 3-2 at home to Dundee United.

That was just their second home defeat of a campaign in which the New Douglas Park outfit have defied the odds following their promotion in the summer, with Accies currently fifth in the Premiership.

And McGovern, who joined the club in the summer from Falkirk, believes Canning is perfectly placed to continue the work started by Neil.

"It's very, very similar, it had been working for us so I think Martin decided to keep things the same," the 30-year-old added.

"He was in the dressing room with the old manager and he knew how things worked. He's tried to keep it the same and it's good for continuity."

Hamilton Academical striker Tony Andreu
Striker Tony Andreu has been in great form for Hamilton Accies this season, scoring 13 goals

Accies have received praise this season for the quality of the young players they are developing and McGovern does not expect that to change, even though youth chief Frankie McAvoy will soon join Neil at Norwich.

"It's a well-earned move for Frankie, he's been different class for this club and he's put in a lot of work over the years," added McGovern.

"If he moves on it gives the board an opportunity to bring someone else in and give them a chance. Myself and all the players have full trust in the chairman and vice chairman."

French striker Tony Andreu is also encouraged by the early signs under Canning, and he is convinced the departure of Neil will not spark a downturn in Hamilton's form.

"There is no secret, the work ethic is so important and we have that at Hamilton," said the 26-year-old, who has netted 13 goals this term.

Interview: Hamilton midfielder Tony Andreu

"With this team and this squad, I'm sure we can still compete at this level. Martin Canning has taken the team and he has the same work ethic and ideas on football as Alex Neil, so I don't think it's going to change.

"I think he will definitely be involved [in the management team] and I would be delighted for him. He's a really good person and I think he could be a really good coach as well."

Andreu's goals have sparked speculation he could be targeted by other clubs in January, and he said: "I'm a Hamilton player and I want to play well for my team-mates, for the squad, the club, that's what it's all about for me - the speculation is another thing.

"I've always said that if I can play higher I will play higher, that's always been my goal throughout my career. But for now I am here and I want to play well and compete in this league."