I know you all appreciate the effort that we put in to writing the articles on here,and we certainly appreciate your own contribution. I can’t speak for MAHE,but I tend to dredge up a topic-usually Celtic-related,obviously!-and take it from there. While I try to fact-check as much as I can,I certainly don’t do anywhere near the amount of research for an article that SALTIRES does.
No doubt he will give us all an other example of what I mean tomorrow,and the 91-92 season is building up a head of steam on here!
Thanks,mate. You know how much we appreciate this,and I hope that is enough to keep you fingertapping away.
But yesterday gave us an example of serendipity,but you’ll need to bear with me for a bit!!!
For my plan for today’s article was to divert us away from Celtic for a brief moment,based on an article I read last week. Although there is a connection to the club-and obviously NOT in a good way!-it is about how quickly times change,how yesterday’s hit-maker finds himself in the bargain buckets.
Is there anyone in any doubt that for the first decade and more of this century that Jose Mourinho was one of the top coaches in the world? It would surely be difficult to argue that,given his achievements.
Of course,as Celtic supporters,we have our own reasons for our contempt. His playing up our physicality before Seville,aided by his fluent Spanish which got the local press onside and which may have been fed back to a Slovakian referee who was clearly influenced one way or another on the night.
Regardless,we all know,we all saw it. We were gamed out of it by eleven players and a manager clearly furious at being a couple of months late for the Oscar ceremony. So,NO,I won’t forgive that-but I’m talking about him as a manager.
As a manager,he has won more trophies than Billy McNeill did as a player. That takes some doing. After Seville,he took Porto to European Champions,then won Chelsea their first title in FIFTY years. Won the CL to complete the treble at Inter Milan,and even at Real Madrid,up against the best side I have ever seen-the Guardiola Barcelona-took the title there too.
And then came back to Chelsea to win the league again!
So is this a hagiography about a guy we are none too fond of,Mick?
You might ask,but it isn’t. He hasn’t lasted in a job for more than three years,and as his ego has ballooned,so his reputation-and length of tenure-has shrunk. Only his ego could have persuaded him to take on the job at Man Utd when he did,and the carcrash that resulted should have made him consider chucking it. And surely no-one needs the money that much that they consider working with Daniel Levy!
So off he jolly well trots to Roma,where the sun-drenched superstars jolly well trotted off to play some reindeer herders in The Arctic Circle. So well did this top boss do his homework that he sent his B-team. So far has this maestro fallen that he blamed THEM,fully and publicly,for a shocking 6-1 defeat!
Mourinho in his heyday would never have done that,the trick for him was to shield his players so that they ran through brick walls for him. Few would even run through a fire escape for him now.
And it is little more than he deserves,because over the years he has become louder as his achievements become muted. (Shrugs shoulders,and moves on…)
The connection here of course,the serendipity,is that we have been drawn against those very reindeer hunters-and I promise that the description is not my opinion of a clearly very talented side,but how I think Mourinho viewed them!-and in around ten weeks,we have to head to The Arctic Circle. We don’t have a tremendous record on artificial surfaces,and like most of us I think they should be banned.
But I think there is some slack to be cut here. It is difficult to grow grass there,and I recall us about 50 years ago playing in The European Cup in Cyprus on what was effectively a beach,because grass burnt away in their summers. It might well be one of the smallest stadia we have ever played in at this stage in Europe,but I’m not sure how many of us would want to be there anyway.
But the important question hasn’t yet come up!
Can we win it?
Well,I just told you that they beat Roma 6-1. But they are on a winter break,so no football,no match fitness. We will be a month back from ours,fit,refreshed and up for it.
We have every chance of winning,and also of winning a European trophy in front of a national President who will probably turn up in his Celtic strip. I’ll betcha our own chairman has never owned one.
Above article by BMCUWP