A remarkable appointment at the peak of our reach


In 2014 Brendan Rodgers was within touching distance of immortality on Merseyside, but Manchester City were on Liverpool’s tail throughout the campaign and snatched the title by two points.

The locals were distraught but loved the incredibly attacking formations Rodgers deployed. Liverpool were back, or so it seemed. Within 17 months, Jurgen Klopp made his availability known to Liverpool and in October last year Brendan was out of a job.

Celtic wanted Rodgers from the off but their major concern from the start was the familiar lure of English and Welsh lucre. Average managers there can command between £3m and £5m a year, getting on for 10% of Celtic’s income – and we pay tax and employer’s National Insurance, remember!

In recent weeks it became clear that Brendan is a Celtic man and was very interested in the job, while an offer he couldn’t refuse from England or Wales didn’t materialise. What went wrong for Brendan in Liverpool, after coming so close to the title, opened the door for Celtic.

The Merseyside team dropped from second to sixth last season, still higher than they were when he picked them up, but the slip worried the club to the extent that they could not resist Klopp’s availability. There’s reason to believe Liverpool were a tad hasty.

Much of Rodger’s success at Liverpool was based on getting the very best out of Suarez and Sturridge. They electrified English football in a manner which just didn’t happen before Brendan arrived, but Suarez fled for Barcelona as soon as he returned from his infamous World Cup, while Sturridge missed most of the following season through injury.

Suarez will be the first to break the Messi-Ronaldo Ballon d’Or duopoly. He is one of the world’s truly great players.  Remember our own experiences when losing world class players.

We went from double winners to fifth (and sacked Jock Stein) when Dalglish left, and from 26 consecutive league wins to second when Larsson went. Losing one of the best players in the world takes time to recover from. What made Liverpool championship contenders just wasn’t there anymore. This cost Brendan his job, and a little of his reputation.

Before last night’s Europa League final the inane commentators told us, when discussing Klopp, that good managers can always improve players. This wasn’t meant to be a slight on Rodgers, but neither was it a deserved accolade for Klopp. Liverpool finished the season 8th in the league, lower than at any of Rodgers’ finishes.

Good managers can improve players, but only if they are taking over from less-effective managers. Klopp is one of the very best in the business, but Brendan Rodgers bettered him with the same team. He’s a manager at the absolute peak of our reach, it will be a remarkable appointment.

Usual caveats apply, until the lawyers have triplicate copies signed……

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  1. Big congrats to the mucho maligned Celtic board and major shareholder if this comes to pass by the way…….

  2. Tim Malone Will Tell on

    What a coup this will be indeed. Wonder what BFDJ will be saying – might be enough to make him choke on his steak bake…

  3. kevinlasvegas on

    Not like Paul to talk like this unless he knows something even with the caution at the end.



    Season tickets will shift tonight if he signs.




  4. The Green Man says SACK THE Board on

    I will say this.


    If Brendan is the new Celtic Manager.


    He will run riot up here.


    No doubt.


    BR….i would be impressed, and thats where we should be aiming.


    Will clamp those bigot muppets right up.




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    Misleading process of appointing a manager 768




    A few categories of candidates for the manager position were identified before the end of the season.



    There are a couple who would be considered ideal appointments, and who would be able to get on the list for top jobs in any country in Europe. If we can land one of them, and do so within the timeframe which will allow us to prepare for Champions League qualifiers, I think we’d all be happy (apart from those incapable of happiness, you know who they are).



    Then there are managers with clear potential who have overachieved with resources available to them, but who also have a bit of European competition experience. You might know less about them, but their CVs can talk. This list is more extensive.



    It’s also worth remembering how Celtic (and others) operate in certain respects when appointing a manager. Clubs often interview potential managers who don’t fit their required profile out of courtesy.



    If a candidate of a certain profile in the game (or at the club) asks to be considered, it’s likely Celtic would interview him instead of rejecting him out of hand. Football is a tight, interconnected, industry, where making contacts is preferable to breaking them, so don’t be distracted by newspaper stories that someone or other has been interviewed. The story is likely to be accurate, but the context will mislead.



    The process itself also changes how candidates are viewed. What the potential manager says about strategy, recruitment, technology are all likely to inform the club no his suitability.



    Brendan Rodgers fits the bill before formal interviewing got underway, but he’s certainly not the only high-profile candidate under consideration, and I know others are making solid running.



    The important thing to bear in mind right now, is that the moment a deal is done it will be announced, and that until that moment, don’t waste your time thinking you know what’s going to happen. There are too many variables to be certain of anything.



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    TURKEYBHOY on 19TH MAY 2016 12:03 PM


    I have a feeling that we will see BR unveiled this week.Also he will have some decent cash to spend to augment the squad.The reason being,this is,I think our last season seeded in the CL qualifiers winners route.We really have to qualify this time.DD knows this.I could be wrong though.LOL.On another matter,being employed for most of my meaningful adult life tendering for large government contracts in the Middle East.Signing off,crossing the T,s and dotting the I,s,I cannot for the life of me see where TGASL is going with his reneging of the SD deals.



    MAs legal representations,have,I have to say,not filled me with any great confidence so far,but in the business world,I think he has few peers.I cannot,for the life of me see there being any loopholes that Glibby could exploit.He would have done so by now,if that were the case.



    Baffling,but sure to bring us more joy in the future watching this pan out.

  6. Sounds good



    Only concern is that apparently Rodgers had transfer committee at Liverpool who picked his signings



    Will he be relying on same with us ?



    God help him if he’s handed bangura Blackett type players

  7. thetimreaper on

    Fantastic news! Dermot Desmond has stepped up to the plate. It’s a crucial appointment at a crucial time. I hope once signed BR is briefed on the current state of affairs up here. No mentions of the OF or the R word please, let’s make sure we’re on the front foot with public relations. Can’t wait for next season.

  8. Paul 67 did you not famously get your knuckles wrapped for announcing Andy Hinkel ahead of it being a done deal?



    Tsk! (or should I say Get In!)

  9. 16 roads - Celtic über alles... on

    It was good to read Brendan Rodgers quotes about the late, great Tommy Burns.



    I wasn’t aware that Tommy gave Brendan Rodgers his first start in football management /coaching, when TB was the chief at Reading.



    2011 the interview is from.




  10. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on




    Stuff history , mate.


    Let`s go with Brendan.



  11. Damn there goes my Guus Hiddink + assistant Roberto di matteo dream ticket then (and if you wanted bums on the seats how about Eva Carneiro as physio)

  12. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    “26 consecutive league wins to second when Larsson went”





  13. The Green Man says SACK THE Board on




    Cmon Brendan…..wipe the smirk off Glibby’s coupon.


    Give them hell and damnation.






  14. Somewhat bemused to learn this morning that I “hate Celtic” courtesy of ole Foxy, because I had the temerity to suggest that Ronny’s replacement should have been in post first thing Monday morning. Having ran my own business and working at present for a rather large “business” it is common practice for the outgoing incumbent to do a handover pointing out all the relevant information that the new replacement might find valuable.


    I dare say Mrs PMTYH would be grateful for that amount of “hate” I have for Celtic ;-))


    Brendan will do for me.



    Hail! Hail! PMTYH

  15. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    Aah – games won! Thought you meant titles Paul. Was beginning to wonder if Aberdeen and Dundee United were in on the EBTs too!

  16. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    Hang on.


    How many times did we hear the half time gossip of ” The huns are three nil down ” at halftime only to suffer from disillusion later.


    Ca` canny.

  17. !!Bada Bing!! on

    When the staff at the Superstore at CP get called in at short notice,the white smoke will be imminent……..no inside info btw…

  18. traditionalist88 on

    Celtic supporting Res 12 to completion.



    Lawwell influence reigned in and a clear change of strategy underway on the footballing side.



    Boycotters – time for a rethink. Get yourselves back where you belong.




  19. 16 roads - Celtic über alles... on

    My hero Tommy Burns set me on road to English top flight, admits Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers



    BRENDAN RODGERS was once headhunted by Jose Mourinho – but the Swansea boss says Tommy Burns will always be The Special One.



    Rodgers watched his side beat boyhood idols Celtic 2-0 in Wednesday night’s friendly at the Liberty Stadium.



    The Northern Irishman spoke of his pride at hosting the Hoops and told how it was Parkhead legend Burns who put him on the path for England’s top flight.



    Having been forced retire at the age of 20 due to a knee problem while at Reading, Rodgers was appointed head of youth development by then Royals boss Burns.



    Nine years later Rodgers was plucked by Mourinho to head up the Chelsea youth set-up and two years later was made reserve team gaffer.



    Rodgers has gone on to be a boss in his own right, with spells at Watford and Reading before taking over at Swansea.



    But the 38-year-old owes it all to Burns and revealed he’d love to follow in his footsteps by bossing Celtic one day.



    Rodgers said: “Celtic were my boyhood club, with the likes of Danny McGrain and Tommy.



    “Tommy was a hero, a great man and a friend of mine. He was a special man and saw something in me early on. I’ve been lucky to work with some of the world’s top bosses but I got a lot of human qualities from Tommy.



    “He had time for everyone and made me see you can be a good guy and a good coach. We’d talk for hours. When I was at Chelsea I’d visit him.



    “I last saw him in August 2007. He took ill the next February and before I knew it he’d died, God bless him.



    “At his funeral you saw the respect he had from all sides.



    “He was a wonderful football guy but an even better person. Tommy twists, Tommy turns, Tommy Burns.”



    Rodgers also paid tribute to Celts boss and compatriot Neil Lennon, saying: “He has shown incredible character and intelligence.



    “It’s a tough job managing Celtic although all my family would love to see me there in the future. Martin O’Neill and Lenny would have walked to be in charge there and I’m no different.”

  20. Geordie Munro on

    Eggs slowly cooking in the microwave for a few in here??



    Kirkbroadfoot csc

  21. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on




    At moments like this I wish I was sharing a pint with your goodself in any Glesga pub .


    Hingin` on the news.

  22. For glass who asked – the reference to


    26 consecutive league wins was referring to henriks last season 2003/4 where we won 26!league games on bounce and once he left we finished second the next season.

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