Get It Right Next Time

Morning,all.

Canny beat a bit of Gerry Rafferty over the morning cornflakes,eh?

MAHE and family are hitting the trail for both the Easter weekend and wee Fionnuala’s third birthday,so I’m afraid you are stuck with me for the weekend article. And at a time of major flux at the club,there isn’t very much actually happening for us to discuss!

Or is there?

Yesterday gave us rumours of an imminent white smoke moment,the announcement of a new manager. Our own version of a Good Friday Agreement,though that may be in bad taste given recent disputes on the site. As I write this,no announcement has been made officially,and in truth I didn’t expect one to be,not based on that rumour. As far as I am aware,it is against Covid regulations to travel for interview as Eddie Howe is alleged to have done,and Celtic more than any other club have good reason to stay within both the spirit and the letter of those.

So,no. I didn’t believe those rumours at the time of his appearance at Celtic Park,negotiations can easily be done by phone or Zoom,etc,and the finer details can easily be thrashed out then too,or via e-mail. That doesn’t alter the fact,of course,that I don’t think that we should be considering the appointment of a manager until he has been up to the ground,the training pitch,maybe met a delegation of the players and staff just to get a feel of the place. I don’t think I’m the only person to have walked into a workplace for the first time and got a heavy hit of the Moriarty Negative Waves,and that’s why I finally got wise about it and asked for a wee tour of my workplace before I ever took a new job.

Trust me,that is not possible under current restrictions,and the last thing I would want from a new manager is for him to walk into his new workplace and think-this isnae for me! Due diligence works both ways,we have to get the right man for the job,while the new man has to know that the job is for him. Think back to the “I am the CEO of Bobo Balde” comment,and this appointment is crucial to us,and has to be a perfect fit for both the club and any new manager.

But will that new manager be Eddie Howe,as the dogs on the street are telling us? Well,it certainly seems so. I have long been fascinated by his career,where-aside from an impossible few months at Burnley-he took a minnow from the brink of relegation from The English League to the upper parts of The Premier League inside a decade,from the unlikely age of 32yo. I thought his side were desperately unlucky to be relegated last season,there were plenty of times during the last game of the season where they were in 16th or 17th place but at the end of the ninety minutes,they were in the bottom three,down and out.

And Eddie Howe fell on his sword,42yo with a young family and probably thought that it was the right time to take a break,recharge the batteries. Picked a bad bloody time for it though! Of the big clubs,only Chelsea have changed their manager this year,and I’m pretty sure that they only did so because their preferred candidate had recently become available. No coincidence for me that Lampard got the elbow as soon as Tuchel became available. So Howe was never in the running for that job,and the others quite simply haven’t opened up for him. The Tottenham job will probably be available soon enough,but when? And he is hardly a shoe-in for that. The big four in the North West look stable under their current regimes,and Arsenal appear to be doubling down on Arteta. Few of the other teams are attractive either,and the potential suitors there like Leeds,Wolves,Villa,Newcastle are unlikely to bin the boss under current circumstances.

I don’t think he ever wants to see the A666 to Burnley again,and so the only option for a manager that I genuinely hold in high regard is Crystal Palace!

I am being won over by the argument that Eddie Howe will be our new manager,and as I have said,I hold him in high esteem for the miracle that he created at Bournemouth. Our club seem to have learned a number of lessons from the dying days of the Lawwell era,and that it is dangerous to leave one man with so much control over every aspect of a football club. I believe that he is an outstanding young coach,and if he is allowed to do his job while other people provide the assistance for him that is in their job description,we will have a man who can match the achievements of a Martin O’Neill or Brendan Rodgers.

We should move heaven and earth to make it happen,but I don’t think we will have broken covid restrictions yesterday to shift things along!!!

Above article by BMCUWP

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ASWGL

JimmynotPaul @9.42am

This is brilliant.
50 years ago, This was Polydor ‘s rejection letter to Roxy Music.
The last couple of paragraphs, had me laughing out loud, wonderful.
Whoops! https://t.co/lYcVdDoLZ4

JNP apparently the biggest blunder ever in the music business, was when the head of Decca records declined to sign The Beatles, saying he didn’t like the sound, and guitar music was on the way out !

I wonder if that guy (No doubt the Peter Lawwell of his time) kept his job and heated driveway.

petec

I reckon Odsonne Edouard is 1 of the Greatest ever players I have seen.

Why Barca or Real urnae in for him can be explained by Coronavirus.

My parents used to hide our Easter Eggs away for us to find on Easter Sunday morning. Does that still happen?
The painful part was, we weren’t allowed to open them & eat them until we came back from Mass. Easter Sunday Mass was painfully long 🙂

JimmynotPaul

Jim 6.45.
Yes!!
My youngest is now 11 and I’ve been given my orders to hide the eggs, in the morning, before she’s awake.

JimmynotPaul

ASWGL 6.37.
Incredible ( incredibly bad )
I would love to read that letter, too.

Back in the early 60s we were relatively poor. Only one boxed egg and an unboxed one which was covered in coloured foil. It still felt like a big treat to us! I don’t think the wee Cadbury cream eggs had been invented then.

In the afternoon we rolled (raced) a hard boiled egg down a nearby hill in the park.

Gordon64

Good to see Griff is eventually match fit IN APRIL 👍

petec
Fairhill bhoy

petec-good to see you on
Just been looking back across the road and you come across as decent every time 👍

petec, great song. Quality words & music.

Gordon64

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=9FffISMR9e8. The Snuts – Somebody Loves You 💚😎

Fairhill bhoy

JTT53- are we going to be friends again 🤷🏽‍♂️

If you leave Packy alone, yes. Would be happy to be your friend again.

Gordon64

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ZvNoiWQEy9Y. THE IMMIGRANTS by Boolavogue 🍀

Fairhill bhoy

Jtt53-thank you 👍

Thanks Fairhill bhoy. Life’s too short. As you well know pal.

My prediction for tonight – Celtic 5-0.

Fairhill bhoy

jimthetim53-it really is buddy.
I get beered up an forget that sometimes 💚

Gordon64

Pitch looking the best it’s been all season 👍

Gordon64

Good effort by DT

Gordon64

Griff misses a sitter

BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS

Great move,sitter from Griff

Gordon64

Billy bigshot Christie fires over

Gordon64

Booooooooooooo !

Sol Kitts

Appalling offside decision against Griff. Wasn’t even close.

BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS

Mishit from Griff,over from Christie

Gordon64

Christie fires over again

Gordon64

Christie can GTF

Sol Kitts

How does Christie keep getting a start in this team?

BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS

Clear penalty,not for cheatin Beaton

Gordon64

Cheaton misses a pen on Griff

Gordon64

Guess what ? Christie fires over again !

BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS

Nice work from Ajer,no luck with the cutback

Gordon64

How many corners is that ?

Gordon64

Griff sclaffs another great chance

BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS

Griff mishit again!

Gordon64

Ajer blasts wide

Sol Kitts

So wasteful in front of goal. Hope these misses don’t come back to bite us.

Gordon64

Forrest fires wide

Gordon64

Corner no 87 !

BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS

Started off really well,but very poor attempts to finish!

Gordon64

HT Misfiring Hoops 0 Falkirk reserves 0

BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS

21 attempts,three on target!

Balornockbhoy

Evening.If the new manager is watching this he must be wondering if Celtic plsyers know the ball should be aimed between the white posts.Shocking.
The drop in player quality in the last few years reall really shows.

petec

There is nothing there and that is alarming.

We will win because Falkirk are bad defensively but this cannae go on much longer.

I watched the video, Yesterday, funnily enough, Road to Seville. We were some TEAM then.

I just checked my Nap there seeing as it’s half time. In my last chance desperate attempt I chose an outsider. Morning Gloria, seeing as it’s Easter. 300/1 SP.
You won’t believe this – it came in.

Last.

Gordon64

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=-fWw7FE9tTo Iggy Pop – The Passenger
Take your pick 🤔

Sol Kitts

Can’t work out why Broony is playing and Soro is warming the bench. Broony’s away at the end of the season so why is he in ahead of the guy who will replace him. JK giving his old pals a swansong?