Whilst the rest of the world are, er, enjoying the World Cup, Celtic flew out to Australia for a mid season jolly designed to further bond the players, and although things didn’t go quite as planned on the pitch, that wasn’t the point of the trip.
It was a homecoming trip for the manager, allowing him to take his team home to meet the folks, which we believe would have been enough alone for him, and a chance for the players to mix and mingle away from the goldfish bowl of Scottish football.
Older readers would have seen a similar thing in a different time and a different place….
It’s all about creating and strengthening camraderie, a point proved when Portuguese winger Jota donated his air miles collected on his round the world trip last summer to pay for the gig.
That meant the club only had to pay for digs and food, so the accountants were happy.
There are plenty of media stories about the trip, but no scandals where, for instance , the manager had to be carried to bed because he was drunk, or players heading to nightclubs and coming back with diseases far worse than what you’d usually pick up in those places.
Ignore the results, the word is everyone enjoyed themselves and are raring to go for the second half of the season.
Sadly, the same can’t be said over the river as yet another Ibrox manager is forced to leave .
Giovanni van Bronckhurst caused shockwaves throughout Europe when he led that bunch of talnetless twonks to a European final, and having proved what he could do with diddies, demanded a better class of player for this season.
With all the income from Europe and player sales going to pay the tallyman, there was nothing left for Gio, and when he pointed this out publicly, the writing was on the wall.
His departure paves the way for a staunch Rangers man to steady the ship, and it’s not gone unnoticed that Graeme Souness has been playing to the crowd with some of his recent outbursts.
His claim that Celtic had been benefiting from VAR decisions was bizarre. but not unexpected from a man of his age if it is taken purely in the context of a senior citizen sharing his thoughts, but combine that with his demands that Ibrox fans back Gio and then his piece about how sacking the Dutchman was harsh smacks of a cleverly run PR campaign to show he’s loyal to one side and still hates the Tims enough to rally the orcs for battle.
With van Bronckhurst being fired despite overachieving, and almost certainly thrown under the buis for the bopard’s failings, it’s unlikely any serious candidate will come forward for the job .
If the board do that to a guy who just months ago was in a European final, what will they do to someone who loses a couple of domestic games.
And if they had no money for the Dutchman, it’s unlikely the new guy will have anything but an austerity budget.
Elsehwhere, and an article over on CQN has given me food for thought…
Especially this bit….
For this, I refer you to two news articles published in September.
Firstly, Uefa’s statement on 2 September. Newco were one of 19 clubs mentioned that Uefa said “will be monitored closely in the upcoming period” with regards to the new Financial Fair Play regulations.
Then in his annual report, Celtic chief executive, Michael Nicholson wrote, “Celtic played a significant role at a strategic and technical level in the development of the new regulations.” Having crossed swords with Uefa on FFP for many years, last season, Peter Lawwell spent half a day a week working with Association on their new FFP regulations.
He was hugely influential in drafting their objectives, which were material in inhibiting Newco from splurging cash again – material in what happened today. When I read the new FFP regulations in the summer, I mentioned to ‘sources close to Celtic’, “This is going to get wee Gio the sack.” I wasn’t wrong. From now on, if you want to catch Celtic, live within your means, run a good business, recruit good people and take your chances with the rest of them.
Peter Lawwell spent half a day a week working with Association on their new FFP regulations.
Regular readers will know that Lawwell asked the Res 12 guys for a smoking gun, and it was duly presented to him.
Up until now, I believed, and have stated on many occasions that he lost my trust that day.
Could I be wrong ? (more than likely, you usually are-Ed )
Did Lawwell use the evidence given to him of corruption at the SFA to influence UEFA in making sure the new club couldn’t cheat the system the way the old one did, without bringing the wrath of the organisation down on Scottish football as the ensuing chaos of title stripping and punishment would have had enormous repercussions legally throughout the game ?
Have I, and indeed we, got the guy all wrong and he has indeed left a legacy ?
If that’s the case, then there really is no harm in telling us exactly what went on, as it appears there may be a reason for his duplicity after all……..