Former Norwich City captain Mark Fotheringham believes clubs recruiting coaches in his native Scotland are missing a trick by overlooking his credentials.

Fotheringham recently assisted Jurgen Klinsmann, as part of South Korea’s set-up for the Asian Cup, and has been out of the game since his Huddersfield dismissal a year ago after an ill-fated five-month spell.

The 40-year-old, who made 76 appearances for Norwich between 2007 and 2009, embarked on his second career in football in Germany working closely as a coach with Felix Magath.

Fotheringham even had a brief spell in charge at Hertha Berlin, when the experienced Magath was sidelined on health grounds, but has been snubbed for jobs north of the border this season.

“In Scotland I don’t get any recognition,” he said. “Two of the biggest names in football, Jurgen Klinsmann and Felix Magath, have shown their trust and belief in me to do important jobs for them.

“Aberdeen, Hibs and Hearts have all looked for managers in recent years, and there’s no doubt in my mind regarding my coaching credentials to be successful at either of them.

“I’m only 40, and look at the extent of my coaching experience already.

“How many other young Scottish coaches can boast the depth of experience I’ve had in the last few years?

“I’ve gone to Germany, educated myself thoroughly with their football and done well, learned the language and gained a fantastic network of contacts.

“At Hertha, I was effectively in charge on the touchline. I prepared for games against Borussia Dortmund, Stuttgart. We had home crowds of 70,000. The pressure was huge to stay up. We did it.

“I worked at Championship level with Huddersfield and I was sacked. But I’ll stand by my record, especially win rate, compared with those who followed. They have had three managers since, spent fortunes and gone no further forward.

“I’m a proper hands-on coach, not one of these so-called laptop operators. I take training sessions, I’m full-on with tactics and I give players clear messages. But not once have I had a call from big clubs at home.

“It’s incredible, away from Scotland I’m extremely well thought of — in England, in Germany, and over the last few weeks I was with the South Korea national team.

“Yet, in my own country I’m completely overlooked. What more do I need to do to be taken serious in Scotland?”

Fotheringham enjoyed his Asian Cup spell working with Klinsmann, with South Korea making it the semi-finals before losing to Jordan.

“I’m really looking forward to my next challenge,” he said, speaking to the Scottish Sun. “It has to be the right opportunity, a project that is ambitious. It was an honour for me to work with South Korea and a privilege to be involved with a hugely-talented South Korea squad.

“I was given responsibility to analyse the opposition at the Asian Cup and then address the players and staff, providing every bit of information I could.

“When you think of the contacts book that Klinsmann has from a fabulous career, he could have called anyone. But he chose me. That was so inspiring.

“I put my heart and soul into the job. It provided me with a wonderful insight into international football. But also seeing up close how he operates as a head coach.

“I’ve so much respect for him. I’d love it if there was another chance to work alongside him.”