Costing Failure

Morning,all.

Today is exactly two years since our best manager since Martin O’Neill,and probably our best since Jock Stein,walked out on our club. If a week is a long time in politics,then two years is an age in football. Brendan Rodgers arrived at the club less than three years earlier,and left having won all seven domestic trophies available and well on the way to an incredible Treble Treble.

All of us were,of course,furious at his timing. Walking out halfway through the season was and still is unforgiveable,but a great many of us knew the reason why he would agree to do so. In fact,it was the same reason why MAHE and I had decided to set this site up less than six months previously-and that was the interference by Peter Lawwell,which amounted to Lawwell preventing Rodgers from doing his job. His job was to get the players requested by Rodgers-as long as they were within the budget-but he either signed who he liked and foisted them unbidden onto Rodgers,or simply didn’t bother completing requested deals,preferring instead to lowball the selling club and incoming player to the point where refusal by either or both was the inevitable outcome.

And he had a bad habit too of getting involved in pissing competitions with certain selling chairmen,people who would harbour that grudge in the future. And Lawwell is not the type to be held over a barrel. He’ll show everyone who’s boss,asking prices will not be met,no sirree.

The reason I bring this up now is the recent suggestion by Neil Lennon of mitigating circumstances behind the scenes which have led-in part at least-to this season’s horror story. His departure from the club,hard on the heels of the announcement that Lawwell would be leaving in the summer,has seen some clarifications offered in the media about the aborted transfer of Ivan Toney from Peterborough,who eventually went to Brentford.

We were told at the time that the deal fell through because Peterborough wanted £10m,and Celtic did not value him at that price. Which is fair enough-Brentford apparently paid £5m,with add-ons bringing it to a potential £10m. I’d suggest that with 24 goals already this season,and Brentford well placed for promotion,a fair amount of those add-ons will soon be realised. And he is already being spoken of as a £30m target for other clubs. Does PL have history here,history which might explain why a £6m deal for the player-who was actually at the ground to complete a deal with us!-fell through,and is it an example of a pissing competition with a chairman from the past?

I reckon so. Who can remember Lee Tomlin? Celtic had apparently agreed a £2.5m deal for him six or seven years ago,only to try to chisel down the offer to the club and player at the last minute. The deal didn’t happen,and Peterborough chairman Darragh McAnthony was scathing about the process,and Lawwell in particular. He had the upper hand this time,and made it plain,but Lawwell isn’t the type to accept that. So we signed Ajeti instead,the comments about needing to sell Eddie first being just a pack of lies.

What about Lawwell’s dealings with Petrie at Hibs? He refused to meet the asking price for Fletcher in 2009,having overpaid,in his opinion,for Scott Brown. So when the deal for John McGinn was set up thirty months ago,everything in place with just the final input required from PL,back came the grudges. Lawwell refused to pay the asking price,and let it be known that we would sign him for free on a pre-contract in January. Aston Villa agreed to meet the asking price and Lawwell ignominiously folded,but quite rightly McGinn had had enough and was off to Brum.

It isn’t always like this,of course. Lawwell doesn’t have grudges against everyone. After all,a phone call from Dudu Dahan,and a deal is done virtually on the spot! I struggle to think of any real successes from that avenue of communication,right enough,and I wonder how many times we have lost out on players in the past because of Lawwell’s brinkmanship. Those two players alone are a combined current value of £80m. Would they have enhanced too our chances of progress in Europe,bringing further millions into the club,and with them the ability to sign more and better players? We will never know,because The Lawwell Strategy put paid to any of that.

Just like two years ago-and I’ll put a link to my article then on the subject-when he got rid of a top manager and backroom team,he has to be seen to be calling the shots. And replacing a £5m a year management team with Neil Lennon on about a tenth of that was good business,wasn’t it? It saved us about £9m over two years-didn’t it?

Well,let me put it this way. Trying to save about a million quid on the two deals mentioned above has cost us about £80m. And saving that £9m on management costs? That’s probably cost us another £80m,and left us with a massive rebuild cost to boot.

I’ve said before that history will not be kind to Lawwell,even as he was being lauded to the skies elsewhere. But this particular history has already been written,it is only the cost of leaving this man in charge for so long that has yet to be finalised. Celtic will be paying that for a long time to come.

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Above article by BMCUWP

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McCaff

Garry…my wee guy is too wee for it, too young at the moment! I guess his next request will be can he get TRNSMT tickets. I’m fine with that but his maw will be having kittens and his sister, 18 months older – but only a school year above him – will be fecking raging at the thought of him being there! They’d both be raging if they knew I was there, supposed to be looking out for them but unable to look after masel!!! 😂🤣😂

Garry

McCaff
Ooh aah up da ra.

McCaff

Garry…if I stop and think fora minute that JK is a longterm appointment I’d be disgusted with Celtic. Considering our financial advantage over the last 10 years JK should never be the appointment. But, in answer to MikeInTVLawyerland’s response to Magua(?) earlier I’ll back him as he’s the Celtic manager and I want Celtic to win every game!

Garry

McCaff
I need to back John Kennedy. He is a Delaney like me, and a distant cousin.

McCaff

Fair dos, Garry. No emotion there for me although I always thought it would be a nice story if he was a success at Celtic becuase of the cruel way his career ended. But i keep coming back to him standing ont eh touchline with Lennon with neither offering anything to each other! I know there has been selective camera work so I don’t believe that’s the full story…but he’s been the number 2 in an absolute failure of a season and I think he’s got to bear some of the responsibility for it! But while he’s there I wish him all the best!!

McCaff

I made the mistake of clicking Big Jim Packy’s link to Roger Whittaker and the Skye Boat Song and my sidebar has been full of shite ever since! I’m also having tech problems with bluetooth and my headphones so I’m all over the place just now.

Garry

One of my favourite ever songs

https://g.co/kgs/hecN5Z

McCaff

Big Jim Packy might like this on the read back later on!!

Garry

McCaff
Tune to soothe your soul.
Works for me

https://g.co/kgs/YwhQ9o

McCaff

Here’s one for the Big Guy tomorrow…

Garry

McCaff
The Wedding Present great Leeds band.
Seen them often hunners of years ago. 😁😂

McCaff

Another one for JK, and Mowbray too..

puff puff

The wedding presents great tune

McCaff

Garry I saw them a couple of years ago at St Lukes with my daughter. I spoke to Gedgie at the merch stall after the gig. He was a really nice guy but totally awkward. My daughter’s pal’s dad was there, he’s a good guy but got a bit carried away when he saw I was talking to Gedgie. He brings out his phone and says “Davi, any chance of a picture wi the Dads!!” Me, Gedgie, my daughter…and anybody in the vicinity were like WTF!!!

McCaff

Garry that’s my favourite version of Baby, I Love You! Superb tune!

McCaff

I’ve got great footage somewhere, in the loft I expect, of my wee yin dancing her heart out in the garden to The Ramones on a personal cd player at 4 years old!! She’d just watched School Of Rock and feel in love with the music on it.

puff puff

There’s no was BP a better drummer than that wee cracker

Garry

Song for Puff.
Great band of brothers from Nashville Tennessee

https://g.co/kgs/AP5Zwa

McCaff

Puff.. The Wedding Present have got some amount of songs! They’re a superb band!

McCaff

Puff did you watch any of those documentaries from last weekend?

Puff puff

Had a wee highland fling with a burd from Nashville once …

Puff puff

Great tune anaw Garry .

Puff puff

No what documentary …

McCaff

What about Hanoi Rocks, Garry, were you ever into them?

McCaff

Puff…we had a conversation about music docs that were on…you were gonna ask Rebecca to get BBC iplayer for you to watch them. You must’ve been pished mate. I was pished but I remembered!

Puff puff

I the Titanic think it was about a big boat .

Garry

Song for Puff and McCaff.
This is the band.

https://g.co/kgs/F4LXWT

Puff puff

Pretty sure you were that pished anaw.

puff puff

Those belligerent wee fuckers have won nothing .

puff puff

The foo fighters video Learn to fly is wild Garry.

McCaff

Puff…they’ve won fuck all but they’re gonna win a League that should’ve been ours for fucking years to come!! We’ve been shafted big time by guys that should be on our side!!

Garry

Puff
Great tune ma man.
Great taste in music.
This is one of the best songs ever written

https://g.co/kgs/KLsP8u

puff puff

Maybe

McCaff

puff puff

To go from Nirvana to the foo is incredible ..
Might be the best band on the west coast for the past 30 years .

McCaff

puff puff

Was listening to the tear drop past couple of weeks .

McCaff

Another great band Puff!

puff puff

From what city McCaff?

McCaff

Play this loud!!

Garry

McCaff
Carter USM yeeejaaaa.
Love them 👍

McCaff

Puff I think they were from Liverpool! I’d need to check tho!

puff puff

That’s no true puff puffy Sydney Devine is the best singer on the west coast.

puff puff

The glesga B52

McCaff

Poor Steak and Kidney!! I had a wee tear in my eye last week when I saw it on the news. It brought back so many memories of parties in oor hoose back in the 70s! My old man hated Sidney, slagged him for being unable to sing…then got tore in along witht he rest of them when the singing started…

Puff puff

Now yer talking wee man …

Puff puff

Ma old man was a Glesga cowboy .

Puff puff

A think he had a cowboy hat on when on this is your life and a watch he found in someone’s garbage.

Puff puff

He was a garbage man at that point in his life .

McCaff

Your Old Man might’ve gone here…