Expectation Management And Tolerating Failure
The weekend just gone has truly shown the world that Celtic FC is indeed a club like no other. Surely no other club could conspire to shoot itself in the foot,turn itself into an international laughing stock-yet still have high profile supporters proclaiming that we are a well run club,pointing to a recent record of success as proof?
I don’t remember many people telling us how good David Icke was as a football presenter when he dived off the deep end all those years ago. Nor,come to that,how good a lorry driver Peter Sutcliffe was. We can argue about whether Peter Lawwell’s tenure has been successful for the club in the past-that particular argument will be aired by me on these pages in approximately one month as he is finally clearing his desk for the last time-but it cannot be denied that the last twelve months in particular have been a disaster.
Indeed,the last eight or nine months have shown him at his worst. Wholly incapable of admitting to the disaster of his own creation going off the rails,and wholly incapable of taking ownership of the crisis while taking steps to rectify it. The ( more than just a) suspicion remains that he “didn’t want to bow to mob rule” at the time. For that,read that he wasn’t the slightest bit interested in the legitimate concerns of the fans,fans who have watched our club for many decades,fans who love our club and know enough about the game to be able to voice our serious misgivings at events.
Our voice didn’t matter,our voice was irrelevant. Because WE didn’t matter,WE were irrelevant. And we still are,at least in his eyes. Though not,of course,when it comes to ponying up the moolah to keep the bailiffs from the door. Witness the Season Ticket renewals dropping into mailboxes all over the world,even as he was wondering how to break the news that his preferred new managerial candidate had told him to take a hike.
That is,I’m sure you will agree,not the action of an honourable man. And yet,as we know,he is still venerated by some people. Strangely,those people seem largely to be drawn from a small enclave of the favoured few,people on the inside of the tent who presumably have him on speed dial.
It’s a different world outside the tent,I can assure you!
As I’ve said before,I have had no faith whatsoever in Lawwell’s ability to deliver since he gave Martin an on loan dud from Wolves as a replacement for Henrik. Although I have had occasion to praise him once or twice since,my general commentary on his actions over the years has led to frequent accusations that my stance is personal. As if. I’ve never met him,and have no desire for that to change. This is not and never has been personal. It is strictly business. And I don’t like the way he has conducted his business,nor that he has made it his business to run every facet of both the Plc operation and the football operation.
Particularly not when he has been such an abject failure so often for so long!
His latest,of course,is the failure to tempt an out of work manager to join us. All this after waiting at least four months-or two years!-too long to begin the search and another three months in the negotiations. Jesus Gil used to hire and fire half a dozen managers in that time scale,btw. But fortunately Lawwell is too smart to put all his eggs into one basket. Oh no,not him. He has a Plan B after all-and I have to admit,I give him credit for that,that he got the name out so quickly after the final rejection from Howe was made public. (A cynic might wonder when that final rejection actually occurred,but that would be beneath me) That even my sports-mad Aussie brother-in-law has barely heard of him speaks volumes for his credentials; that he appears not to have the requisite coaching badges to permit him to take up the post speaks volumes for the depth of Lawwell’s research. The only thing you can say in his favour is that he has a better record of success elsewhere than Neil Lennon has.
That some prominent supporters are taking his candidature seriously speaks for the contempt that they and Lawwell hold us in,and amplifies the success of the programme of “Expectation Management” that we have been subjected to over the last seventeen years. It almost echoes the re-education programmes practiced upon their citizens by the Chinese government,or the near-deification of totalitarian leaders over the years.
It is none of the above. The last seventeen years has not even been about this expectation management. It has been about conditioning us to being used to NOT seeing the best players available to us. About those we had being sold on the cheap. About coughing up for three new jerseys every year. Etc,etc,etc.
But most of all,it has been about getting us conditioned to failure,to tolerating failure and swallowing the myriad excuses for that failure. Almost all of which have been self-inflicted wounds,as I mentioned at the top of the article. We will shortly see the back of him,and please believe me that nothing would make me happier to be planning a well-deserved hagiography of his time with us. A rattling good read of all our achievements during that time. Heck,I’d even open a JustGiving page for a statue.
But sadly the facts read for themselves. And they do not read well for Lawwell and his fan club. The worry is that the damage will take years to repair.
Above article by BMCUWP