20 Apr The new Celtic manager
It comes as no surprise to me that Celtic have announced the departure of Ronny Deila now, rather than wait till the end of the season to say he’s gone.
This board, as I have said many times, is a well oiled machine that would react as soon as there was a threat to their bottom line and a call for the chief executive’s head.
Both started in earnest the minute Tom Rogic hit his penalty miles over the bar in Sunday’s sudden death shoot-out against Rangers.
Celtic need a clear out and a complete rethink in their strategy of employing a manager.
The next boss needs to have complete control, the way Martin O’Neill had at the club, and he must have a plan for the restructuring of a player recruitment policy that is a shambles.
The Celtic fans want to see attacking football and players with flair, not a barrowload of potential, with one player in ten looked upon as a transfer windfall.
In the last few years, for every van Dijk, I could name you five Boerrigters!
The youths all the way to the first team should be playing the same way and the manager’s remit should be to try and develop young talent and show them there is a route to the top team.
However, first and foremost, the next man has to be given funds to buy three or four quality players to supplement the undoubted talent that still remains in the current squad.
The freeloaders and time-wasters should all be told they can go in the summer, you know who they are.
The attitude now should be quality, rather than quantity and solely on the manager’s call.
European football in the Champions League group stages is a must and there should not be a policy of waiting until the last day of a transfer window to see if the team might make it.
This club has become a poker playing outfit, happy to roll the dice and gamble on throwing two sixes on the very last throw.
Now, to the choices.
I would give it to David Moyes with a long term plan, not in any way similar to Manchester United’s vice chairman Ed Woodward’s plan of failing to back his manager, sack him and then throw £250m at the most boring boss in the history of United to try and cover his own failings.
Give Moyes control and tell him to attack!
Forget Henrik Larsson, his development is still continuing at Helsingborg and he still has to prove his credentials as a manager.
I do not believe Neil Lennon will be offered the job. Many would view it as a step backwards.
Michael O’Neill? He’s got a new deal at Northern Ireland but, as we all know, not worth the paper it’s written on.
if Celtic want him they could get him, but is he strong enough to muscle the board on his vision?
Roy Keane? You can’t rule it out with Dermot Desmond calling the shots. Outsider.
Brendan Rodgers? 58 passes and you are still at the half-way line. No.
Owen Coyle? The train only stops at the station once. No.
As for outsiders, Malky Mackay,Paolo di Canio, Paul Lambert and Alan Stubbs, I think there’s more chance of Ally McCoist getting it. No disrespect to any of them, including Ally.
The board have a big call to make. A manager or a patsy?
It’s a big call Dermot.