Who’d be a manager?
AP totally buried his protagonists in the press at the weekend after our victory against Motherwell at the weekend. Asked if he thought there might now be a title race on-given that the huns had dropped points at home-he simply reminded them that he’d been told that the league was over in August,so he doesn’t bother even looking at the tables anymore. He concentrates on his job,which is to improve every member of the playing squad and to get them playing with a confidence,and to the style that he prefers.
Or,as we say in Glasgow,GIRUY.
I do like this guy,he clearly knows the story,has done his homework. Possibly-and this is simply guesswork-in the little time that they worked together,Dom might have given him a few pointers about what to expect. Dom might have been working in a different world from the one that most of us will ever achieve,but I suspect that he certainly knew the script when it came to all things Celtic,and how the media reported it.
Of course,even if they had to learn the hard way,all of our managers over the years have become fully aware of this. In time. The first manager of my lifetime as a Celtic supporter was Big Jock. He knew the bloody score alright,and he made sure that they knew it. Few if any were brave enough to cross him. A cutting word,or an unofficial ban from the pressroom was more than plenty.
He even shut the door to the pressers bang on the dot-if ye canny turn up on time,don’t bother at all!
Neither Billy nor David needed any advice,and were more than a match for the lightweights who thought that being a typist meant they knew it all. Liam Brady and Lou Macari-who should have known better!-allowed them to get under their skin,but by then,most Celtic fans were already well aware of the agenda.
“It’s in the papers,so it must be true!” became a means of insulting them,letting them know that aye,we were wise to their game. And no-one more epitomised that than Martin O’Neill,who successfully sued them!
So I think that AP will certainly “know our history” on this one,and will be all Boy Scout prepared. Gemme fur it,bring it on. And the SMSM bloody know it. So expect even more insidious and subtle poison being dripped.
Meantime,we get behind him,because we are seeing progress on the pitch,even if we are moribund in the boardroom. Just about the only initiative they have shown in nearly two decades was a classic subterfuge to-possibly illegally-bring forward the date of submission of any resolutions to the hastily rearranged AGM. They must be crying into their treble gins in the boardroom-that’s the ones you get after a free meal,which is not to be confused with the free meals that far too many schoolkids have to survive on.
I can just picture them now,wondering how to get round their latest setback. It’s not even as though they can deny the resolutions on procedural grounds,and if I know AULDHEID,they’ve got no chance either on spelling,punctuation or grammar mistakes either! Every t will be crossed,every i dotted. Get oota that wan,Batman…
Good luck to the troops on this,and my grateful thanks to everyone who provided their backing. You know who you are.
Above article by BMCUWP