Celtic Diary Wednesday March 31: Dermot’s Dilemmas

There’s an old joke about becoming a millionaire buy owning a football club which suggests that in order to succeed , you have to start off as a billionaire.

Thats not what Dermot Desmond signed up for, and so as he makes his mind up over which way Celtic go forward , there are many things he needs to consider.

And new CEO Dominic McKay should be at the forefront of any decisions, although Desmond will be wary of handing over too much power too soon.

After all, look what happened the last time he took his eye off the ball.

 

McKay will have to work with the incoming management team on a daily basis, whereas Desmond will only phone them when there’s nothing on the telly, so it’s only right that the CEO has if not the final say, a significant level of input.

 

 

There are a couple of roads the club could take, one is to try to compete at a mid level UCL range, with group stages and maybe a knock out tie or two every season, with the funds earned used to buy ready made first team players, the obvious benefit being that a team that can compete at that level would surely be well ahead of any domestic competition, but there is a problem in attracting the first wave of players, in that it requires considerable investment, as those players won’t come to Glasgow for the money currently on offer, and the weather isn’t particularly great either.

 

That kind of rules out a big name manager, who will want to make a short cut or two on the path back to domestic superiority,  which probably means we can forget about the Lucien Favre’s and the Rafael Benitez’s.

 

They , by definition, are out to develop their own reputations, and although a by product of that is a successful team, they are well aware of the penalty of failure in Glasgow, and there’s not exactly a winning team already in place.

 

The current squad are divided into a number of cliques, and as one of them seems to be entirely consisting of players who want away, that’s not a selling point for anyone.

 

What we need is a manager and coaching team that will attract players on the strength of their reputation and name, that also knows exactly what they are getting into, who are prepared for the long haul.

 

Quite possibly, that is why one option is a trio of Keane  and maybe Duff and Butt.

 

Keane has the strength of personality to deal with outside issues, and the SFA/SPFL influence on the game has to be faced down, including the laissez faire approach to “rangers “, concerning both their refreshing financial policy and their unique and world beating test and trace system in dealing with Covid protocol.

 

Thats without mentioning dodgy linesmen, referees, and official investigations into rule breaches.

 

One chap, passing by Murray Park, I still call it that to remind them of who killed their club, overheard a scouse accent saying “I can’t believe what we’ve gotten away with “, over and over again, although that should soon hit a brick wall whe Mike Ashley ringfences whats left of  their money before Dave king spirits it away to South Africa.

 

Duff, well respected and admired as a coach by the players who want to be at Celtic would be ideal for the training ground, with Nicky butt , who developed Marcus Rashford, having enough of a rep to lure top English youngsters, surely now the priority as Brexit removes the vegetables from our shelves, as the way forward.

 

Stories from the ranch indicate that it will take at least three or four years to get rid if the malaise that has struck over the last year or eighteen months, and whilst Lennon, Brown and Lawwell have to be held accountable for that, or at least questioned as to how it came about, other sources hint that it would have been a hell of a lot worse had we not had those three in charge.

 

On the surface, that’s maybe hard to believe, but some of the details that have emerged are positively alarming, and it has to be stressed that they are not the fault of management.

 

However, it was their job to deal with it, although perhaps that particular mountain was just too high for them. In fact, it was probably too high for anyone.

 

Just how the problems came about though, is a matter for another day.

 

We cant change the past, but we can determine the future.

 

Another option is the Director of Football /head coach route, which suggests that Celtic will raid Manchester city for their under 23 coach and current head of football operations.

 

That, however , lacks the box office appeal of the former trio, although would probably be much more of a modern plan.

 

Then again, just because it’s modern doesn’t make it better, but it does mean that the club are trying to move forward, and maybe adopt a set up similar to that of Dutch giants Ajax, which utilises it’s own academy , and has done with great success domestically and internationally.

 

There is certainly an influential group within the club who feel that it is worth taking a step back to take two forward, and given the lack of Celtic minded players at the club just now, and the havoc they have caused, then they certainly have a strong case.

 

I’d favour the latter, but it would take longer, and with the uncertainty that comes with a global pandemic it’s maybe better to go with the devil we know in Keane and a supporting crew.

 

But it’s not what I think that matters.

 

It’s what is currently being discussed at the highest level of the club that matters, and there are more changes than what are outlined above planned.

 

Even those in the boardroom are facing an evaluation of their contribution so far and plans for the future with the club.

 

 

For the changes to be so radical, one can only assume that Desmond is furious with how things have panned out.

 

But let;s hope that he keeps a cool head while he ponders the next step.

 

 

Otherwise he could end up being the first man to be really pissed off that he’s a millionaire.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Gary
20 days ago

This is the second day in a row the diary has alluded to big problems behind the scenes. Well….. what are the nature of these issues , who or what caused them and finally what is being done to address these issues? Any chance we can get a little more insight otherwise its just more rumour and innuendo, for which there is enough already. Otherwise… Good article.

20 days ago

If Keane is announced as manager tomorrow will it be an April Fool

RCbhoy
20 days ago

What is with all the secrecy about supposed goings on at the club? Is that we have become worried more about PR than integrity and truth. Are fans too stupid to know the truth? That is one of the fundamental issues the creates the disconnect between plc and support. We are all in it together aye right!!

Mike.
20 days ago

It’s perfectly true that the next managerial appointment is key to a successful Celtic. We can all look back to 1965 to see how one mans appointment re-invigorated the players that were already at the club. He re-energised them and gave them the confidence to express their undoubted talents, with a few low cost additions to his first team squad he turned his team around into European victors. Managers – coaches with his talents are rare, it takes time to find them. The board was rightly criticised for appointing the last manager in the Hampden changing rooms, that must have bruised their egos, they must get the next manager – coaching team appointments right and we must give them the time to do so. Just get it right. Rodgers and MON also did the same, transforming the players, giving them the confidence to perform better, giving us all back the ‘feel good factor’.

20 days ago
Reply to  Mike.

Mike… excellent post

Mike.
20 days ago
Reply to  Weered

Thank you dear bhoy. I hope that your Grandson enjoy’s rolling his hard boiled egg on Sunday and eating his chocolate Easter egg. It seems like just yesterday that we came out of Mass on Palm Sunday, running through the Raploch streets, using the palms D’Artagnan like against all and sundry. When we got home to our Easter eggs, the palms were placed behind the crucifix for the rest of the year. Happy days and happy memories.

Monti
20 days ago
Reply to  Mike.

You remember 1865 ya tit!

Mike.
20 days ago
Reply to  Monti

Oh yes, the American civil war was raging and we were still recovering from the Famine. Thanks for reminding me.. ya tit.

Mike.
20 days ago
Reply to  Mike.

Apologies, that was the wrong middle letter, it should have read… ya tat.

It was a kinda tit for tat, kinda post.

Puggy
20 days ago

God save Roy Keane
A Corkist regime
He may be a moron
Potential H-bomb
God save Roy Keane
He’s not a winning team
And there’s no future
And Ralph Malph’s dreaming
Don’t be told what you want an’
Don’t be told what you need
There’s a future
Favre future
Favre future for you
God save Roy Keane
Cause season book’s money
And that figurehead
Is loose at the seams
Favre future
Favre future
Favre future for you

desdamoaner
20 days ago

same Q as yesterday, whats the issues? Hard to say whats needed if you dont what the background is.

Rolling Stone
20 days ago

Sorry, but have to disbelieve most of the above. It just stinks of blaming the foreigners for our issues while each of Neil and Peter get to abdicate responsibility; not even that, they get praised for preventing it from being worse…

Two of the wantaways, Eddy and Ajer are going to be vying for player of the year. The only other guy to consider is Turnbull and he sat on the bench the first 4 months of the season – wonder who was responsible for that decision?

The hiring of Neil; our failed transfer policy; our downsizing after BR; Neil’s man management, team selection, training, tactics etc. All of these are more pressing issues, but now we have a party line blaming the foreigner players who wanted to leave.

Players want to leave on a regular basis. That’s not unique to Celtic. Ronaldo wanted to leave Madrid, Messi has threatened the same with Barca etc. It’s part of the game, so please let’s drop this excuse.

Howevern, it’s far easier to blame a couple of individuals who will leave our shores shortly than it is to blame ‘real Celtic men’ for their ineptitude, self interest and, frankly, greed.

Tony Reynolds
20 days ago
Reply to  Rolling Stone

I agree with the above to a certain extent but what is unforgivable is attitude!! Laziness selfishness and not givin a Dam that last season brought us so the buying of the best players will mean he haw ??? if the mentally and a will to Win is Missing !!!!

mcklintop
20 days ago
Reply to  Rolling Stone

Have to agree. Lennon and Lawell were fighting against the big bad players and lost? Nope not swallowing that one. Either elaborate on the issues or stop giving these guys a bye. For the money we paid Pistol Pete we have a right to expect him to deal with any issues. No one is bigger than the club, no one. If the issues were as big as alluded to then get shot of the offenders.

So we are to believe that instead of doing that the management team were powerless to act and they instead oversaw the implosion of our 10 in a row season. Makes no sense.

Cortes
20 days ago
Reply to  Rolling Stone

Well said.

Just how disappointed or upset or unhappy with the way this season has unfolded were most first-team players at Celtic? On the evidence of the games I’ve seen – not nearly enough. The vast majority have had a casual, CGAF attitude combining Comedy Hour defence with powder puff attack, passes made beautifully to opponents and incompetently to teammates, Oblomov-style energy levels and “leadership” from the Chuckle Brothers Lennon and Brown.

dingbat
20 days ago
Reply to  Rolling Stone

Quite. Managing discontent in a workforce, is part and parcel of everyday management, everywhere, in every industry. Good managers get results, bad ones get the results they deserve.

The management and players failed collectively on a massive scale in the most critical year we have had in a long time. No hiding place.

The template is there to rebuild as we have done with the right appointment. No massive clear out is needed. I heard the same stuff when MON came in after we ended up 21 points behind the deid mob – keep Larsson, bin the rest, hopeless, not good enough to keep etc.

A good manager will revitalise and restore confidence to those who were part of the 9IAR and still have something to offer, whilst augmenting that with some judicious appointments to the starting XI. That’s key. No projects, no works in progress with a possible sell on fee and no continuation of the “never mind the quality, feel the width” signing policies of days past, that seen us waste collectively tens of millions on dreck that never made the grade.

Genuine quality additions that will walk into the first XI, the way MON did it and to a lesser extent BR. The money isn’t the same but it’s still way more than anyone else has and there’s no excuse for not exploiting those revenue streams to the full.

SteveNaive
20 days ago

What rumours concerning how bad it is/ was ?

Joseph
20 days ago
Reply to  SteveNaive

Made up rumours from the citadel of ceramics.

Gerard Smith
20 days ago

It’s great to know that ETIMS have all these amazing sources inside Parkhead telling us all about the great plans to move the club forward. Of course it could be you are just bullshitting your way through the blog, could it?

Sancheto
20 days ago

So we are to believe that it is/was so bad it that we should all be pleased the PL/NL/SB held it all together because if they hadn’t done such a great job, against the odds, it could all have be much worse! Well I am sure I am not the only one but I smell a something fishy! What I think many be closer to the truth is that because of the debacle DD has had some of his right hand men/women have a look under the proverbial bonnet only to see a fan and a pile of brown stuff where the engine should be and it is much more likely that someone then has said ‘thank god we acted/looked when we did as it could have been much worse, much much worse’ Now that is a much more believable scenario!

Michael Gallacher
20 days ago
Reply to  Sancheto

I am also finding it hard to understand how it could be much worse? Horsed out Europe twice in embarrassing fashion, put out the LC by Ross County and losing the league by 20 points to a new Rangers prior to the split even being announced……how could it have been worse?

Monti
20 days ago

” Worse Worse, how can it be worse? I only said that meal was good enough for Jehovah ” 🙂

BroxburnBhoy
19 days ago
Reply to  Monti
AlbionoCelt
20 days ago

Could Keane be considered for a DOF role with a coach and a back room team..e.g Keane Howe Butt and Duff…is that too outside the box

Paul Mc
20 days ago

I understand not much can be said at present but there’s a whole lot of balancing acts to consider. I’d imagine the club will announce at least the DoF before season ticket renewal with a “and next out of the hat, a new mgr by May”. Keane, Howe, Maresca, would be surprised if it wasn’t one of those 3. Keane might not be so bad if his supporting cast included the likes of Duff to do the training. Keane could do the staring and motivating. Likewise Howe, seems calm but clearly experienced enough to prep a team to go out and play City, Liverpool etc. Maresca purely based on knowing Harkin, might come in. But whoever it is, the support need to back them, innocent until proven guilty and all that. Sounds from what you’ve been hinting at, that there’s behind the scenes issues. No doubt there is but I think a new management structure and set-up (and new team) will help a lot. The long term players will need supported to feed the new belief into their teammates. The DoF will have the busiest summer of his life in selling players, keeping players, putting someone in charge of making the academy a success (and not leaking players) while buying the odd one or two. I stick by what I’ve thought for a while – that we’ll see the DoF coming in at some point in April, mgr to follow and sell this new team to the fans in time for incoming revenue

Cartvale88
20 days ago

Ralphie it did not go bad this year it has been simmering since the return of Lenny. Time after time his choices and his ineptitude’s were clear for all too see.
Cluj, Copenhagen the list is endless. The lack of tactical awareness caused the meltdown. The manager in conjunction with the CEO should have seen the issues and clearly dealt with them, but always great in the land of Paradise as Celtic won the quadruple, there was really no opposition.
Even this year look at the amount of games lost, it was the lack of scoring ability that lead to the draws. Only when Celtic were out of Europe in a bounce game did he even try Turnbull and Soro, now we have the bumbling continuing as three people involved in th3 meltdown resign and walk away.
At times when you watched the team it was pathetic that Gruffscappeared to be the saviour, but there is no will at board level to improve things, they are insulated from the support, wishing to gain favour with the Establishment.
Roy if the Rovers is not the answer he turned the previous offer down and we were left with Delilah a coach in training, the only bit of good business was Brenda

20 days ago
Reply to  Cartvale88

Toney was available and ready to sign goalscorer yet we went for ajeti

LithgaeBhoy
19 days ago
Reply to  Cartvale88

The lack of tactical awareness caused the meltdown. Lennon. Give me a break – this is a guy who defeated an incredible Barca team and then in his second stint, took 13 points to win our Europa League Group – beating Lazio home and away and remaining undefeated against Rennes. Yes – this season is poor but as our third most successful manager, let’s get real! Let’s just focus on 5 Scottish Cups in a row and next season! HH

The Cha
19 days ago
Reply to  LithgaeBhoy

lennon’s non-Celtic management record is Bolton (failed) and Hibs (failed) and I’ll be astonished if he improves on that.

No way should that record be rewarded by a Celtic gig.

20 days ago

The management will be Eddie Howe ,Peter Grant,and Bartley.
Say cheerio to any trophies coming soon.

Mike.
20 days ago

Slavia Prague have accused ‘Scotland’s Shame’ of putting pressure on Police Scotland and other Scottish figures to back up their claims of racism. They accept that the player swore at Kamara but denied that he had used racial language. Slavia say that their player was assaulted in the tunnel after the game. Video pictures also showed the players being locked outside their dressing room for around 30 minutes.

charlie
19 days ago
Reply to  Mike.

mike who turnt aff the cameras in the tunnel and how did yon zombies know it wis aff ……………….this story should run and run ………but it wulnae

Mike.
19 days ago
Reply to  charlie

Your probably right charlie, both Slavia and Hunco will have to put their case to UEFA, but there was the UEFA appointed referee, his assistants and a UEFA official at the game and they will have made their reports. We know that the Huns were trying to deflect attention away from all their mis-demeaner’s on the pitch, including Roofe horror challenge and Kamaras assault in the tunnel on the Slavia player. But IMO Slavia have a strong case against the Huns, all witnessed by the UEFA official’s. If there is not UEFA competition bans or big fines against the Huns, then I will be very suprised, they might be bent, but not half as much as the SFA -SPFL.

charlie
19 days ago
Reply to  Mike.

mikey wanny the uefa observers was a linfield guy allegedly if thats true it will be kicked doon the road imo

charlie
20 days ago

breaking news dominic is hiring his uncle malky as manager cuzin gary as coach and uncle fulton as dof and we are renaming as the real mckays

charlie
20 days ago
Reply to  charlie

if the zombies can support a deid team we can support a deid dof

SteveNaive
19 days ago

Hammonds gone.

Navarro
19 days ago

The amount of shite to justify unveiling Keane as manager,

charlie
19 days ago
Reply to  Navarro

damien will dae the coachin while roy gives the cheatin klan establishment thur character wits no tae like

The Cha
19 days ago

I agree with most commentators that this fails the sniff test and is all a bit whiffy.

Our Unholy Trinity is/was Desmond, Lawwell and Lennon, with the former 2 being around for about 2 decades and exerting near total control.

To suggest untoward things have been going on for years that they unaware of isn’t believable.

Brown has been on mismanaged decline for 2 years and that’s all on Lennon and Lawwell. There’s nothing a player can do to arrest the decline and its a management responsibility to identify and institute succession planning.

Depressingly familiar, neither Lennon or Lawwell were up to the task and Desmond was asleep in his oversight role.

wrt Keane, he shouldn’t becoming in to take on the SFA etc. That’s the responsibility of the CE, Chairman etc and, if they don’t, then all the manager’s rantings will count for nothing and will just be a distraction from the day job.

The only criteria for a new manager is how he develops and progresses the team and all the other stuff is for others to deal with.

charlie
19 days ago

john mc ginn played well tonight but ffs lets no start greetin awe week aboot why hees no at parkheid

portpower
19 days ago

The Celtic store are selling a keychain shrunken head collection.
First-up for sale is the Head of Football Operation, Nick Hammond.

AND NOW FOR FOOLS NEWS:
The SFA and the Joint Response Group have demanded an independent enquiry into
The Rangers FC, Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic results.

charlie
19 days ago
Reply to  portpower

port aul fools day is the only day the huns really beleive sevco is rangurs THEY KNOW YE KNOW

19 days ago
Reply to  charlie

🙂

Mike.
19 days ago

Just call me Dave, Cormack the Dandies CEO says that their will be no problem between Scott Brown and Shay Logan, that will be because Logan signed with Hearts a few days ago, released on a free by… the Dandies. The only way is up haha, karma’s played a blinder.

The Cha
19 days ago
Reply to  Mike.

He’s only on Lo(g)an but his contract’s up at the end of the season and the Dandies are obviously cutting their losses early.

19 days ago

My choice of manager would be Shaun Maloney. I’m not impressed with the names given. Shaun has built up a good reputation and would have good contacts would have fresh ideas and knows the club. He will have learned lots under Martinez and bring a style of football that we all want to see.

The Cha
19 days ago
Reply to  Jimmybee

Not for me, no managerial experience.

We’ve been here before and its not ended well.

Let him build a reputation as a No. 1 and, if and when he does that, then and only then should he be considered for such a major role.

Mike.
19 days ago
Reply to  The Cha

Whoever said that there will be wholesome changes was perfectly correct.
Lawwell out.
Lennon out.
Broony out.
And now Hammond Head of Football Operations, our DoF. out.
My opinion – Harkin in,
Enzo Maresca in.
There is a big tie up with Manchester City. Lawwells son Mark joined City 8 years ago and is now Head of scouting and Recruitment at the TEN club City Football Group. Harkin is a big Irish Tim and loves the ‘Tic, Enzo Marsesca is their under 23 manager, perhaps even Harkin and Keane. But Harkin will be announced first. Just in my opinion.

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