Celtic’s history: we appoint managers late


Lou Macari was the permanent managerial appointment Celtic made mid-season.  Since then we have appointed 11 managers.  Three in July, six in June and two in May.  The only appointment made as early in the year as today’s date (24 May) was that of Brendan Rodgers, on 20 May 2016.

Neil Lennon’s second permanent spell started on 25 May 2019 but apart from those two we had to wait until June or July.  Celtic vacillated around the Roy Keane plughole in the spring of 2014 before appointing Ronny Deila on 6 June.  It took until 16 June 2009 before Tony Mowbray started his 9 months of misadventure.

Martin O’Neill (2000) and his successor, Gordon Strachan (2005), both took up their positions on 1 June in what was choreographed with contractual arrangements, and for some reason it took until 8 June 1999 to secure John Barnes’ services.

Those fretting most right now were probably not around in the 90s.  Tommy Burns appointment happened on 11 July 1994.  Wim Jansen short and successful stay started on 3 July 1997, whereas Fergus McCann took until the Fair Fortnight, 17 July 1998, to be precise, to secure Jo Venglos.  Can you imagine waiting until July?  17 JULY?  Let’s not.

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  1. “GREENPINATA on 24TH MAY 2021 3:15 PM



    I really hope Eddie Howe comes, but he is really eating away at his goodwill factor.”



    I share your hopes but, until I know more, I will refrain from any diminishing of goodwill.

  2. squire danaher on



    Squire D




    I was certainly not recommending Shane Long be sought out. He’s the Irish Ollie Burke.







  3. squire danaher on

    GREENPINATA on 24TH MAY 2021 3:15 PM



    My sentiments entirely.



    CELTIC40ME on 24TH MAY 2021 3:18 PM




  4. DAVID66.


    I will ask him your question about the ” costs ” for Policing the Hun Mob and other questions IF or When I meet him ?


    He has ALREADY tried to tar Celtic Supporters with the same brush as the Hun Mob in his original Email, which is exactly what i expected him to do.



    Theres a very small possiblity that we can drink INSIDE Pubs sometime NEXT Week ? IF that does happen, maybe we can have our Beer frenzy a Week on Friday June 4th…especially now that there are Thousands of fans being allowed into a FAN ZONE in the Green which is obviously near my Hoose and local Pub….and if we left it any longer, my Local pub MIGHT be Feckin Swamped with Hun Caber Tossers wanting Drink before any game in the EURO 2021 is shown in that Fan Zone ?


    I wonder IF there will be any Burds heading into my local on their way to taking over The Green ?





  5. Go tell the Spartim on

    Can’t top SFTB’s analogy but Shane Long is the guy you’d want in your team if you were allowed 12 players

  6. As I see other teams already strengthening for next season (including the one who finished 25 points ahead of us) I’d read the article title as ‘We appoint managers *too* late’

  7. Big J9mmy – May the 4th be with you.



    Sounds good for the 4th.



    D :)

  8. Its clear that the main culprits were the players. Coaches made mistakes and picked wrong team, formations tactics and substitutes. Board appointed the coaches but clearly financially backed them substantially.



    The Board were loyal to Lennon and give him every chance. Was this an error or praiseworthy. Probably a bit of both but, to me Board ,too slow to react.

  9. DAVID66 on 24TH MAY 2021 4:50 PM


    Big J9mmy – May the 4th be with you.







    Sounds good for the 4th.




    Thats a Good Wan ! LOL.


    For the moment its only ” Talk” about pubs reopening next Week…we shall see later this week with the Govt Briefing on Thursday or Friday ?


    HH Mate.

  10. DAVID66…and others ?


    Ive just checked and ITV and BBC are showing all the Euro games.


    The first match is on Friday 11th June ( Turkey v Italy) with an 8pm kick Off, so IF the Pubs do NOT open next week before Friday 4th June, we have another week and a spare Friday Afternoon ( 11th June)…


    I cant imagine too many Fans heading to The Green on Friday 11th June to watch Turkey v Italy for a 8PM Kick Off, nad when the game is on either ITV or BBC ?


    In any case, IF we cant meet til that Friday 11th June we will all be well Blootered BEFORE the 8pm kick off ?





  11. An aerial view of Calton looking west, c 1950s.



    In the top left hand corner of the picture is Glasgow Green, with London Road running from top to bottom on the left. The major road on the right, also running from top to bottom, is the Gallowgate. The road across the top of the photograph connecting Gallowgate and London Road is Bain Street, and beyond it is the Barras market; at the foot is Abercromby Street.



    Much of old Calton was demolished in the late 1920s and early 1930s. 1,280 houses were swept away and replaced with new tenements providing just 282 homes.



    Reference: Glasgow University Archive Services, PHU64/16








  12. Big Jimmy – After helping the Bar staff open up on our beer frenzy the chance of me remembering a game at 8pm let alone watching it will be next to Nil. 😂🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺



    Hey but I will give it a right good feckin go. 👍



    D :)

  13. John Hughes to be announced on Tuesday, after the bank holiday Monday.



    He’s just putting his back room team together.

  14. Setting free…



    Cook isn’t actually out of contract: https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/the72.co.uk/224527/reporter-says-bournemouth-man-has-signed-behind-the-scenes-contract-extension/amp/



    He’d have been a stick on if he was (and may still be).


    I think Smith may be on the cards – he can play both full back positions, so him and another right back will probably see our business at full back done – Taylor can cover left back.


    I wouldn’t be surprised to see Stanislas either – him and Forrest first choices with Mikey and Dembele for cover (though I’d prefer another wide player tbh, amd would consider sending Mike J out on loan).

  15. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on




    I routinely enjoy your “fix fitba, empty Hampden” mantra.



    Looks like we don’t need to.



    Maxwell has taken care of it !!!





    “The games will be at Hampden,” said SFA chief executive Ian Maxwell.



    “There can’t be any plan B in terms of spectators because of ticket sales and stadium processes and all of those things, but hopefully we don’t need to get to that point.”






    TWO issues explicitly identified followed by “all of those things”









    Leadership SFA style.




  16. PHILBHOY on 24TH MAY 2021 5:33 PM


    ‘John Hughes to be announced on Tuesday, after the bank holiday Monday.’






    But wait. He’s got competition. Jim Duffy is also now available.

  17. !!Bada Bing!! on

    SS- I don’t know mate,one for the historian Bhoys like your good self HH

  18. I think it is, I looked at another picture of him from that tour and the hair looks the same.

  19. Alloa look as though they’ll be replacing their manager relatively promptly.


    No messing around for Alloa.


    Others could learn something. Or, perhaps, just come up with new and imaginative excuses for the continued delays.

  20. Teams




    Jock Brown, Teddy Glover, James Martyn, Paddy Flanagan, Hugh Lafferty, Johnny Slaven, Jimmy Gallagher, Herbert Carlson, Davey Brown, Shamus O’Brien, Bart McGhee.




    Gallagher, O’Brien.





    J. Thomson, Cook, McGonagle, Wilson, McStay, Geatons, R. Thomson, A. Thomson, McGrory, Scarff, Napier.




    McGrory, (2); Napier.



    Referee: Charles Creighton


    Attendance: 35,000


    Venue: Polo Grounds, New York, N.Y.

  21. AT, that is brilliant I had not seen the passenger list before,



    cyber bonus point for , how is the SS Transalvannia connected to the story ?

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