What's the secret to becoming a great manager?
What does a player expect from a manager? I suspect most would go for: leadership, good communication, honesty, good coaching and tactical ability among other attributes.
However, would any player expect their boss to have a qualification in management?
This time I would suggest not many, as often new mangers progress into their new role directly from the playing side, and with very little experience to prepare them for the non-football side of management.
I'm not entirely convinced that such a qualification is a necessity to become a successful manager; yet there is no doubt that currently, and in the future, more clubs will place just as much importance upon these qualifications as they do coaching licences.
There is evidence of this in the popularity of such a management course provided down south by Warwick University, and the fact that there are advanced plans for a similar course to begin at a university in Scotland.
The benefits to those wishing to move into management are that they will be provided with an educational programme which should help improve their ability to interact with their players, board of directors and the media.
This, added to the football knowledge they have gathered from their career, should improve their chances of success.
With the increased demand for this type of qualification, it dilutes the theory that being a great player guarantees being a great manager.
Although there are examples to support and dispel such an ideal, I personally have never believed that a top management career will follow a top playing career.
Undoubtedly, there are advantages of having been a top class player when you move into management in that there will be initial, unconditional respect from your players.
For example, if I was at a club and a former internationalist with 50-plus caps is appointed my boss, then I will immediately be respectful of his achievements.
However, if their coaching and/or management are poor then this respect will quickly disappear, therefore suggesting that those great players who have the successful transition to being a gaffer have been able to maintain and increase the level of respect.
My theory would also suggest that those who have had more modest playing careers have to work that little bit harder to win players over, or be clever and creative enough to have a style which ensures their players respond to their methods.
The incredible achievements in management by the likes of Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger prove beyond any doubt that being a successful football boss is about far more than being able to list your playing achievements - it may soon be also be about displaying your general management qualifications as well!
From a personal viewpoint, it's been a very disappointing week as I've had to accept that an ankle injury has ended my season prematurely.
I actually suffered the damage at the beginning of February against Rangers but the effects of returning very quickly from the injury have eventually caught up with me.
If I'm honest, the injury has been hindering me for a number of weeks and impacted significantly upon how often I have been able to train.
However, our league position, coupled with a number of other injury problems, meant I was determined to keep playing.
I was still hoping to make it through to the end of the season before getting the required healing time but unfortunately haven't been able to do so.
It was incredibly frustrating watching our defeat on Saturday and will be equally so throughout the remaining fixtures.
Some players prefer to be detached from the team and matches when they are injured but I still like to be in and around the dressing-room before and after the games; lending my support to them as they prepare to play the crucial matches ahead.
My playing contribution may have ended for this season but I have every faith in my team-mates to finish the season strongly!