To DoF Or Not To DoF…
I think we’ll leave the preview for the semi final against Aberdeen until tomorrow. There are more important things to discuss-should Celtic employ a Director of Football,who should be the new manager,what should their role be,what should be the extent of the influence exerted on the footballing side by our CEO?
But to more important things even than those. We have the first confirmed leak of the New Balance new jersey for next season! That must mean spring is just around the corner,bloody hope so cos it was -2C down here last night. Anyway,rest assured that the designers haven’t taken any liberties with The Mighty HOOOOOOOPS,but there does seem to be some controversy about the badge,and unless we get this right,we might have an unpopular badge on our shirts for the next decade.
Maybe more,but I hope not!
You see,due to our recent exploits we now qualify for the laughable right to put five stars on our jerseys to denote our 50 domestic titles-or hopefully we will do so pretty shortly. I believe only Linfield share that accolade,and they weren’t slow to let the world know it,with the five white stars proudly shown above their crest. I’d put a link to it,but it looks awfy like some deid club’s shirt,and kids read this! Come to think of it,that deid club had those stars too,and Triggers Broom FC still wear them today,despite having won eff all.
So with that in mind,should we join the Bigot Brothers Five-star Fiasco? I’d say not a chance,because we have the one star,shine bright in gold,the one which means more. The huns call it The Death Star because of what it came to mean to them.
To be fair,the designers have tried to box clever,if the leak is to be believed. They have five stars above the club crest,two white ones either side of a larger green one. And it does look quite fetching. But for me personally,I’d forego that in favour of retaining the current Big Gold Beauty,the one that means almost as much to the huns as it does to us!
Timternet,though currently in a period of quiet reflection(!),is probing the possibility of Celtic hiring a Director of Football,as well as musing over managerial candidates. I’ve seen some belters for each mentioned,so I assume that the magic mushroom season arrives with the spring too. People forget that we already have a Director of Football,as our CEO has the last word on whether a player is signed,and frequently the only word as players turn up to be announced to the press,much to the surprise of the manager. I blame PlayStation personally,but heyho.
The nearest we have had in the past to a Director of Football was the deservedly maligned Jock Brown,who should be a case study in how to piss off everyone-including the press!-while failing miserably at your job. His duties-according to Celtic Wiki- were determined by Fergus McCann.
“McCann outlined five areas which would come under the general manager’s brief: performance, personnel, budgeting, staffing and recruitment/development. As well as the head coach, he would choose a chief scout, reserve coach and head of youth development. He would conduct transfer negotiations and adopt most of the media duties. It was felt that a background or fluency in law was necessary to undertake the position.”
It’s a waste of time even considering anyone for this job,as barring the media role-at least in public-all of these duties are undertaken by our current CEO. I can’t see PL relinquishing those duties without a fight,nor can I see him coughing up the cash to pay for it. Of course,he could always take it out of his bonus,but he didn’t get where he is today,etc.
So no Director of Football at Celtic Park. Our CEO will make sure of that. It’s well known that I’m not his greatest fan and will weep no tears when he finally leaves,but the fault for his overarching grip on the club lies with the other members of the board. They are there to ensure that no-one exerts such influence,no matter which company employs them. Executive and especially non-executive board members have a legal duty to rein in such excesses,and the CEO is answerable to the board at all times.
Is this the case with Celtic Plc? I would say no,quite the opposite. We have a figurehead chairman,who is a total laughing stock. Our Chief Financial Officer almost certainly has to run everything past PL before signing anything off-especially cheques! The rest of the board are either old colleagues of PL or quite happy not to rock the boat. PL pulls all the strings and micromanages every aspect of the club. If he were to kick the bucket,the company would struggle badly as there is no succession planning,and no-one is used to taking decisions.
The only comparitor I can think of is Philip Green at Arcadia,and that’s going well,isn’t it? We need to get this situation sorted,where people are allowed control of their own department and the board is allowed control of its own CEO.
Having said that,he’s not the worst CEO we’ve ever had. Ian McLeod was a hun and Terry Cassidy was a wuckfit. Brown,as GM,was a disaster. Let the business side do the business off the pitch and give the football side the support needed to do the business on it.
It’s the future,I tell ye!!!
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