The Hardest Job In Football?
Here we are at the end of a disastrous season,rudderless and leaderless. Our CEO is on the way out-at last!-as is our captain and about half of our first team squad. On top of which,we don’t have a manager-and seem to be dragging our feet somewhat on that,since it was perfectly plain from at least October that we needed a replacement. And with the whole scouting network also needing a boot in the baws,it’s fair to say that we can rip it up and start again,as the old song says.
(I preferred Edwyn in his Orange Juice days,but then I’m a contrary bastert anyway…)
In fact,I think it’s fair to say that things can only get better! Even if that’s one track guaranteed to get me hitting the off switch. The word on the streets,so to speak,is that we intend to restructure football operations,and the fulcrum of that is going to be the appointment of a Director of Football/Technical Director who will ultimately have control of all footballing operations.
This is a huge and overdue appointment. It means that we will be handing control to someone,that he will be telling the youth coaches how he wants his teams to play so that progression is seamless. He will be discussing budgets with the new CEO and the new manager,and making recommendations to both based on that. He will also be the epicentre of contract negotiations,whether renewed and extended,or incoming. And he will be in control of both the scouting department and the technical department.
Now,that is definitely a difficult job-but is it the hardest job in football? I think not,we are a superbly financed club,especially given our geographical position in a financial backwater,and success is really only a matter of competence from those entrusted with their particular roles. We certainly cannot afford anymore the cheap option which costs us in the long run,and have to trust people to do their jobs properly,no matter the possibility of an eye-watering initial cost.
Which brings me back to the headline! The most difficult job in football for the last fifteen years has,I think,been to operate as a manager under the tyranny of Peter Lawwell. Apart from his well-documented failures in negotiations with certain chairmen,based purely on personal animosity,he also suffered a fit of jealousy every time someone was earning more than him. He chased Brendan Rodgers out of the club for that reason,and he wanted to release Scott Brown on a Bosman at the end of his first contract for the same reason. He actually succeeded with Joe Ledley,who had only asked for a continuation of his contract,and with Samaras later that season too.
He’s gone,and I won’t miss him. No secret that I’ve been on his case since he tried to replace Henrik with an on loan dud from Wolves. Prick. Replacing him will be pretty bloody easy for DMcK,I reckon!!!
No,the most difficult job in football is that of the next Celtic manager-except that it isn’t! It’s only a difficult job if you’re the wrong man for the job,you aren’t up to it. If some eejit who thinks he’s the smartest guy in the room has appointed you way above your level of competency! And we have seen the results of having a proper manager in place,where our turnover almost doubled and the standards on the pitch increased exponentially.
So,do we look at the £600k pa market of Jack Ross or Alex Neil,the £1.5m pa of a Lambert,or do we go for someone who can actually do the job? The improvement in income in the BR years shows that a manager who knows what he is doing is really worth his weight in Rhodium-I don’t throw these articles together on a whim,I do a bit of basic research!-and the increase in value of the playing staff backs that up,IMO.
The Celtic job should be,and is,attractive to anyone who knows football. It is toxic because of the reputation of our outgoing CEO,and also because of our backwater status. But BR showed what can be done,even with his hands tied behind his back. And the financial impetus that his success brought suggests to me that our club should not baulk at a £5m pa or more demand from the likes of Rafa or AVB.
A manager should be viewed as an investment,same as new signings on the pitch. A terrific and experienced man will make us as fans a bunch of happy bunnies and it will put a smile on the face of the accountants. The cheap option,any cheap option,is planning to fail.
The most difficult job in football isn’t that of the next Celtic manager. The most difficult job in football is to persuade the Plc of the above.
Above article by BMCUWP.