Tricks of the trade, flex the name!
The most welcome news that perhaps our main impediment to modernization, the vastly overpaid CEO, is ‘falling on his sword’ after ̶b̶e̶i̶n̶g̶ ̶f̶o̶u̶n̶d̶ ̶o̶u̶t̶ too long at the helm forces me to wonder shall we heed the huge lessons available to us all regarding our off field leader(s)?
19 years give or take is enough to learn anyone’s habits for better or worse, we would be fools to not make it for the better given what we are witnessing.
All of us should now be aware of what exactly manipulating the support looks and sounds like, and at the very first hint of new guy trying a repeat performance we must make it crystal clear we are savvy and won’t be lead up the garden path again by no one.
For starters, take Peters little protection scam, offering an influencer snippets in exchange for zero public criticisms.
I can see the temptation for those offered such a deal, but do they realize the long term implication? Should the snippets dry up, you just became a lot less interesting. Alas as a true fan everyone of us should turn our back on practices that are unbecoming or could harm our beloved institution, clearly there’s something underhanded about this quid pro quo. A person conducting their business above board has nothing to hide, should this deal ever get offered around by Dominic, it should be spurned with alarm bells ringing.
Next up, the little cliches that just never stand the test of time.
Champions League Club,
Every penny goes back in,
Sharp Suited Man (warns of an ego),
Generation of Domination,
The players just weren’t available,
The players wouldn’t sign until they knew,
The minute a single cliche falls apart under any new look set up our eyebrows raise, the instant a second does we seek immediate answers for our suspicions, and with no small reason I don’t need to add.
They should cease altogether and our talking done first and foremost on the pitch. Besides, self congratulatory soundbites smack of hubris and arrogance, two traits we as a support have seen far too often in the corridors of power and perhaps the main two reasons for our current ails.
Then there’s delegating. If Dominic is wise it shall be the first if not one of the first things he does, and its probably the most important. If we see or hear of a finger in every pie, or the tools for the job just aren’t being provided to key personnel, lots of praising the appointees character or credentials rather than professional assessments, we must point out we have seen that show before, and know how it ends.
There’s many lessons but the main point is having endured and witnessed an out of control megalomaniac maneuver himself into supreme authority, each and everyone of us must adapt an ‘over my dead body’ attitude.
It’s an attitude you are more than entitled to take I must emphasize.
Watch and scrutinize the new bloke as never before, and be prepared to act upon those suspicions for removing someone with their hooks in can be nigh on impossible. He may not like it, finding himself questioned more than ever, but a high level of accountability should come with the (well renemerated no doubt) territory. Should the new look board complain about this, they could pick up the phone to those they replace and ask why trust is a dirty word on Kerrydale Street.
We see any of the old tricks of the trade attempted, it’s meetings, emails, and letters galore threatening complete financial withdrawal.
I would be extremely happy if we get a churchmouse who doesn’t utter a peep, as long as behind the scenes solid foundations are being laid. If we are going to appoint a high profile figure who will hog the limelight, then let it be a name manager who willingly accepts the 24/7/365 goldfish bowl nature of life at Celtic.
Infact I posit that a real focal point character that everyone from board to fan could rally around is probably the best thing for the club right now. There’s only so many would willingly accept that, less still could pull it off, but they are out there.
With big responsibility should come a big salary though, but if one single appointment could suddenly lift the gloom, raise the spirits, allow us all to dream again, then at this juncture in time it’s easily a price worth paying.
Our stature may have fallen in recent years, word gotten out about boardroom ineptitude and interference, but times they are a changing. Soon he who badgers will be gone, a new look professional operation should appear to deliver us a new era, it’s very important this new regime hits the ground running, not just limps onto the scene.
With that in mind, it’s easy to say we should push the boat out and sign up the very best manager we can tempt. Yes a lot easier said than done, but we do have our own cards to play in that respect.
That world famous atmosphere he had heard of,,well after being shut down due to Covid, supporters itching to get back, and perhaps excited by a new look side that has yet to be put together, upon resumption the pent up frustration and emotion may lead to those famous nights actually being kicked up a notch or two, believe it or not.
The potential is there, absence making the heart grow fonder after all.
And there’s the clear shot at silverware, something everyone wants in the cabinet come retirement age.
The exposure, the available adoration, hero status,,all those and more await.
Peter may have sullied the great name of Glasgow Celtic in his dealings, but Dominic must hold that great name up and sell it for all it’s worth when getting our new manager. He must play the cards he’s given for maximum effect, have that bloke drooling about managing one of the biggest clubs in the world, a truly iconic team with the beautiful shirt, history, and fans to match.
Kiss the Blarney stone if it helps, but pick a winner and sell him the vision and then provide the tools he needs.
Dominic does his part, I’ve no doubt the support will do theirs when the time comes again.
He brings a name, we bring the A-game.