**Mike Blair’s early success as a head coach can be credited to his deep rugby knowledge, tactical nous and personable nature, according to former Edinburgh and Scotland team-mate Chris Paterson.** \n\nEdinburgh climbed above Leinster to sit top of the United Rugby Championship thanks to a 34-10 victory over Cardiff at the DAM Health Stadium on Saturday. \n\nThe achievement marks the first time the club have reached the summit of a combined league table since the 2009-10 Celtic League season. \n\nPaterson – the all-time leading points scorer for Edinburgh and Scotland – played alongside Blair in that side and was confident the former scrum-half, who has previous coaching experience with Glasgow Warriors and the national team, had all the attributes required to succeed in the top job, having replaced Richard Cockerill ahead of the current campaign. \n\n“He was a really clever player,” said Paterson. “He was also a really clever coach at Glasgow, as well as with the national team, so I knew there was a lot of experience, nous, understanding and drive going in there.