Delivery Alert – Your new CEO will be arriving today!
Welcome to Glasgow Celtic, Dominic.
I really hope you know what you are walking into, but welcome all the same.
As someone hoping for a lot more transparency in general surrounding the club, I hope the reason(s) for your early arrival will be made clear in your opening statement to the world famous support.
Information voids leading to speculation is something I hope to associate with the last CEO and his board, please take every step to make it so.
I like to believe that prospective manager has made a few phone calls and made not working with Peter a condition of his way acceptance, although I admit that’s wishful thinking on my behalf. Howe we should we find ourselves with a Nike Friday in a couple of days time, I will be inclined to believe my hunch was correct.
A brand new duo shaking hands to adorn the session ticket renewal forms has probably been deemed necessary at the top levels, maybe the biggest reason for the early arrival, but of course it could be plain old fashioned ‘its worst than we thought’ coming into play here.
The reason doesn’t really matter tbh, it’s what happens from arrival no matter when that happens to be.
I’ve struggled a little bit but I’ve narrowed my top suggestions for the new CEO down to three, the magic number.
One,,, Protect yourself.
The chap you are replacing was getting the blame for everything at the end, running out of pies and no hot water in the toilets, never mind blowing over a hundred million on projects.
This alleged megalomaniac behavior did not benefit the club, if anything the opposite.
In order to nip such allegations in the bud, thus protecting your integrity and reputation with the clubs lifeblood, I believe it would be for the best if job parameters were made public.
Dont have another Bayo laid at your feet.
Tell the world you’ve delegated scouting and acquisition responsibility to Mr X, publicly putting the pecking order out there.
Know your role and stick to it, something we all wish your predecessor had clicked onto.
Two,,,reduce the operating costs. Our operating costs are close to scandalous for a footballing backwater, around the 80million mark usually.
Dont ask me how or why, it’s just another reason why were in bad shape.
I do know the time is ripe to address it though.
We will have our top two wages departing in the summer, plus our two biggest saleable assets wishing a transfer, on top of three loans off the books plus the Frimpong money incoming.
Operating costs will plummet almost instantly in July, and Dominic you should do everything within your power to keep them at a reasonable level now that the opportunity has arose.
A decent base wage with bonuses is the footballing way to go I believe, why should corporate be much different?
One things for sure though, our highest paid employee should never be in the boardroom, that sorry fact says a lot about the regime I hope you will dismantle.
Three,,,,surround yourself with men, not mice.
There’s a very old saying that simply states hire the best person possible for the job, and it has survived because it is very true. We’ve done that surprisingly few times in our illustrious history, but when we have it’s paid dividends.
We’ve all heard there was only room for one ego on Kerrydale Street, that must end today, right now.
Any decision should be viewed through the prism of helping the club in some way shape, or form. Hiring sycophants who won’t question your methods should become a thing of the past this very day.
Hire honest men and women who will speak their honest opinions, which can be uncomfortable yes but is sometimes needed full stop.
If one of our incumbents had stormed in and insisted Peter sign Toney when he was sitting in the very building twiddling thumbs today could have been so very very different.
No more ‘yes men’ but real men.
Professionals not acquaintances.
Find, give tools, let do job.
It sounds surprisingly easy and perhaps it actually is.
Can we try this revolutionary concept?
Speaking of concepts hopefully the seven year Director stint recommendation is adhered to from now on, something that almost made the list along with finish the Barrowfield rejuvenation project with the aim of producing much more of our own youth players, and perhaps upon your departure there will be a much different vibe than that of he you will replace.
I long for the day I pen a tribute to any of our board members, and the one who forces me to ink accolades shall have my respect at the very least.
Anyhows, you’re a busy man so I’ll let you go but you need anything it’s email@example.com and young Mahe here will give you the honest answer whether it’s what you wanted to hear or not, guaranteed.
Oh, up the pie order and instruct the groundsmen to fire up the boiler on match day from now on is your fourth and fifth bit of free advice.
Take it easy, Up the Celts,