Two outta three aint bad
You will know by now the squad had a chat after the game, a long chat yesterday, also Neil, Dermot and Peter had a Zoom call.
And then we got the unified front message.
The good news in all that was Dermot listening and getting involved. People can chat until the sun goes down but if the collective will isn’t there it’s just nodding the head and disagreeing inside, something most of us will have experienced at some stage.
I don’t believe the will is there or at least not enough, and if chats were gonna help they would have by now.
I don’t think the will is there for many reasons but the most shocking one for me is the tenth title doesn’t seem to motivate them. I don’t believe we have enough strong Celtic men in the dressing room to force the rest to go the extra mile once more.
Dermot getting directly involved has worked out very well before, although he clearly sanctioned the big job in the shower room announcement which tainted him somewhat. But the two managers he choose before that were winners, from the top tier. The two Keanes he specifically brought in were also top tier.
When there is a bit of fan quelling to do, and there clearly is and will be tons more, a name with a decent spend was enough to calm the masses and ensure buy in again.
With a tsunami of bad will down the pipeline for the PLC, this would seem the obvious route, again.
Not only will it probably halt a VST ticket slump, but it takes focus off the board and the last managers failings.
However it’s a lot easier said than done. It takes money to attract a quality manager, which we’ve found before but never during a fan lockout.
And now it’s known we have an unofficial DoF, who will meddle.
Plus if someone is brought in now, the may well become the manager that loses the ten, a terrible start one must admit.
The next manager isn’t the usual employee hire at all.
It’s gonna take another Dermot special here to ignite the masses again, but that is becoming harder by the day.
And should our majority shareholder fight hard to land his big fish, what’s standing in the way of him being badgered out the door again wasting the initial capture?
Surely Dermot can’t be blind to his CEO’s modus operandus?
Of course not, he’s a smart man.
Dermot has already stated his intentions. He is staying, and with football in transition he may get his wish of a British Super League or whatever.
We simply must accept the fact we can’t buy him out, and he doesn’t wanna go anyway. He’s staying.
But that doesn’t mean that things should stay the same. Not at all.
For starters if he will go all in and capture a name, then he shouldn’t take the chance of the usual happening. Not when the ‘problem’ in question is about retirement age and due to go.
And why even waste the effort getting hands on only to see your good work undone by another, whether he can balance books or not?
No, if Dermot is going to make another big call here, it can’t go the same way as usual.
That’s not to say new guy equals Petey out the door the same day. Let him retire in the summer at what should be his pinnacle.
But he doesn’t get involved with the football, that should be understood. With only a few months employment remaining not taking key decisions should be fully understood.
But like I say, if Dermot is staying, then this is the very best we can hope for.
A new guy he personally selected and headhunted, who will call the shots as far as the footballing department goes with zero interference from the PLC regarding transfers and back room staff.
Anything else would be the definition of insanity.
It was a loon fae Texas that sung the immortal love ballad that spawned the article title.
It was a Macroom man who has hit gold twice in three swings seeking a good manager.
Two outta three ain’t bad Dermot, as the crooner sang so well.
When Lenny goes, can you make it three outta four?