Yesterday’s news from Celtic Park,coming hard on the heels of our result on Sunday,wasn’t as immediate or as shocking as the infamous Hampden shower scene of three years ago. Nor,come to that,did we actually win anything on Sunday,while three years ago had seen us wrap up the Treble Treble.
But it was disquieting nevertheless. That Peter Lawwell left the club over a year ago as a discredited man is not in doubt in my eyes. That he never,in fact,left the club at all cannot be denied. He has continued as a member of the board,and who knows how much influence that gives him over the current CEO,Michael Nicholson?
Well,the appointment of his son as Head of First Team Scouting and Recruitment might give us an insight to that. Now,I’ll admit that we should give Mark Lawwell a chance,that we should judge him on how well he performs in his new position. In fact,it is unfair to judge him simply by my opinions of his father. After all,he has risen to the heights of a similar role with Manchester City,so we might have just found a jewel.
But with Dermot Desmond intending to hand over his stake in the club to his son,and Gordon Strachan having two sons already there,it all smacks not of what you know,but who you know. Or who you are related to. It’s one thing running with the plan of being a family club,but it smacks very much of nepotism. Hardly the epitome of a club that is open to all.
Peter Lawwell famously told us,on the back of appointing Neil Lennon as manager,that he hadn’t even bothered opening any CVs or applications that the club had received. And we know he isn’t very good at opening e-mails either! Maybe the club has adopted a new policy of only opening mail of any kind addressed simply to Dad,Celtic FC. That at least would provide some explanation.
But as I said,we should not judge Mark Lawwell by opinions of his father. But we can certainly question the employment process involved. I know that some companies specifically headhunt their desired candidate,that is merely a case of doing the homework. But was any recruitment process involved here,did we look at potential availability of other,perhaps more capable,candidates? What were the criteria for any successful candidate?
Was it in fact a shortlist of one? A jobs for the boys attitude,and one that rarely pays dividends.
I wish Mark Lawwell every success. And I hope that he is not being paid nearly as much as Ange Postecoglu. Because if that news comes out,we will find ourselves looking for another new manager shortly. But then Dermot’s got another couple of sons who might be kicking their heels. Find out which one is the best at FIFA Manager,and there’s the recruitment process sorted.
We battled to get rid of the dynasties that came so close to wrecking our great club,and that was less than thirty years ago. And the needle returns to the start of the song…
Dynasty? Bring back Joan Collins.
Above article by BMCUWP