Its a new dawn
“If you’re going to blame Peter for the failed ten, then you must also credit him for the successful nine before that!”
You’ve probably read the above comment or something similar. It’s the last defense of those who either cannot or will not see.
It certainly does not stand up.
The largest company in most sectors should trump the rest, and emerge on top of their respective market. It’s just a simple business fact.
Unless a CEO started the company or successfully implemented his own vision and plan to regain the top spot in his market, they personally cannot take the credit of the largest company yet again emerging on top.
Does the CEO of the largest softs drink company on earth get the credit when they come in first place?
No, the secret recipe got them to the top spot and his task is to keep them there, not believe he brought them there.
Does Toyota’s current CEO get the credit for it being America’s best selling car?
No their design ensures high sales and he’s just the latest in a long line who will ratify tweaks, but the strong market position of the business was not down to him individually.
We as a fanbase should absolutely give credit were it’s due, but we should also call out any being given were it most certainly isn’t. Any CEO of Glasgow Celtic should see second place as failure and regardless of what came before, an investigation into why we aren’t at the summit should be ordered as a standard practice when we fail to retain the trophy.
The above mistruth also irks me because it clearly places the CEO at the centre of things, the essential cog who is responsible for success or failure. Perhaps because he was signing the players he could be held responsible to a degree, but if we accept that we must accept the poorest squad I can remember is his legacy.
I’m delighted to see our new guy taking the opposite path, he doesn’t want to run the footballing operation.
You didn’t work with Peter, you worked for him. Thankfully Dom totally looks as if he is working in sync with ‘his’ manager.
‘Ange is my man’
‘ We will be working closely together ‘
‘ I’m delighted to have got him ‘
are all the polar opposite of recent times, where many felt the manager achieved success in spite of his boss and not because of him.
And I certainly can’t see Dom attempting to take any shine away from Ange should he achieve success, in fact I think he would do the opposite and heap as much praise as possible upon ‘his man’.
Whereas Peter seemed aloof and power hungry, his very presence driving a wedge and helping sustain the ‘us and them’ feeling, we finally have two chaps who very much look down to earth and approachable, happily willing to engage with the new breed of fan and their outlets.
We enter a totally new off field era now, maybe for the first time having the top positions filled by men we feel a connection with, and are comfortable around.
Ange’s statement that ‘I will always protect this club’ perked my ears up. I’m not sure if it was a preemptive warning to the whistlers or rags, but having seen many managers put themselves first it would be refreshing to witness the opposite.
Holding onto Griff for his goals could be construed as protecting the club, so could not accepting loanees who would hinder our youth, as could walking away if handed a bunch of crap signings and telling the world why.
It could mean many things, and be misconstrued, but I feel a little bit better knowing we are fully under big Ange’s protection now.
Now that’s character, that’s inner strength and conviction, walking in those doors and saying this is mine now and I’ll keep it safe. For a club with many enemies, that’s a bold statement whether he knew it or not. The cowards in our game will be wary of this new unknown quantity, it’s going to be very interesting watching the clashes to come.
The rags in particular have a problem now, faced with a media savvy operator and a fiery foreigner who doesnt pull his punches and is clearly in it to win it.
I expect they have a list of denigrating puns lined up, and just can’t wait to use them with The Blunder from Down Under my own tip to appear before Christmas.
I can’t wait to witness the press conference following any sly digs and I wonder would the new duo go as far as to actually ban some sections of the mainstream media if they cross the line? The duo are helping fan media (cheers) and will know they can speak to fans without the rubbish hacks and their agendas. They can totally get away with banning cheeky rags, and it could help bring a sense of unity. Fill the media room with fan outlets and give them the news plus the hits, now that would be a nice slap to the SMSM.
As July begins and the 21/22 season slowly gets underway, it pleases me to witness a fresh burst of vigour, and a real dynamic duo at the helm in sync with each other, truly working together.
For the first time in a long time the aims of the board and footballing department look fully aligned and in tandem.
The green shoots of recovery are growing, the reinforcements are arriving, the anticipation is building.
We’ve just had the darkest night, now a new dawn is breaking.
Up The Hoops!