Managerial appointments


Middlesbrough finished a point off the play-offs in the English Championship last season, which was not enough to save manager, Tony Pulis, from the sack.  Pulis is an experienced hand with teams fighting relegation from the Premiership or looking for promotion to it, having worked at Stoke, Crystal Palace and West Brom.

A month after the sacking, Middlesbrough gave rookie, Jonathan Woodgate, the job, with former Celtic striker, Robbie Keane his assistant.

Football teams have a tendency to overcompensate for their last perceived mistakes when appointing a manager.  Pulis was taken from a regular, if uninspiring, stock.  They have not made that ‘mistake’ with Woodgate.

The former Real Madrid defender will bring colour and excitement to the Riverside, at least in the short-term, but his chances of out-performing Pulis next season are open to debate.  Middlesbrough have the resources to attract managerial talent from most leagues in Europe or South America.  While these territories have worked well for others seeking improvement in England, there are significant risks.

Like Sunderland, who appointed St Mirren manager, Jack Ross, a year ago, they could have looked to less-risky Scotland, but can you name an appropriate candidate who would be up for this one?

Appointing a rookie is a big roll of the dice, to be avoided if possible.  But anyone who tells you appointing a sure-fire success is easy doesn’t know what he’s talking about.  All you can hope to do is avoid sure-fire failures.

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  1. !!Bada Bing!!



    A massive Season ahead.



    Everyone in Scotland wants us to Fail.



    We have to get players playing as much as possible – use the squad. Continuously playing Broonie is Daft Punk.



    I’m sure we have this covered as much as is possible.



    It isnae easy winning 1 League never mind 9 in a hostile Country?



    We should all Reflect.

  2. The Word is the Word.



    Check it oot.



    Every jot/tittle is there Precisely for those that are Clever.



    Delighted to hear Ernie call the spade the spade it is about the wee dude Turnbull.



    He disnae have the Belief he can be better than Ryan, Ewan and others @ Celtic.



    No shame in that.



    Move on Celtic.

  3. Don’t get me started on 5G.



    Come on Celtic Do Everything you Can with Today.



    I try to never use a microwave oven.



    I’ve always been suspicious of Alex Jones for actual reasons.



    The Christian Churches, Catholic and Protestant are very important, to stop the spiralling Decay away from the Creator.



    The Hour is indeed late.

  4. Morning all.



    Encouraging news, for me, would be:



    We’ve told turnbull to stick it



    We sign someone else instead



    Murderwell have already started to spend he money.



    Not much to ask.

  5. Good morning from a rainy Garngad



    Thanks yesterday for all the good wishes regarding our new addition to the family, a new wee granddaughter Leyla?



    Regarding Murderwell, Turnbull and his agent, I think we have done the correct thing, I don’t know about the statement right enough, but if the club did not do it then the smsm would have spun some shite about biscuit tins. If I were young Turnbull and I wanted to sign for Celtic I would have agreed a fee when he flew back had a presser and sacked the agent after it. So we can only conclude that the player does not want to sign for Celtic…



    D. :)

  6. SFTB



    I don’t like where the joined up dots are taking us.



    The solution is for Celtic to do what they should have done in 2013 and as a club take Res12 to UEFA because the 5 Way cannot be used to cover up what took place in 2011, especially now all evidence is at hand.



    The target will be what was always likely had it been done in 2013 ie the SFA.



    Sanctioning any version of Rangers is less important if indeed possible than clearing out the SFA under the leadership of a man who sees no harm to the spirit of sport done under his Chairmanship of the 2011 Licencing Committee and hod carrier if not more to the 5 Way agreement that Celtic had to have had sight of or Doncaster wasnt doing his job of informing SPL clubs of what they were signing up to.



    As to whether folk should stay away one aspect seems overlooked and that is has anything been done to assure supporters it wont happen again?



    There has been no admission of guilt if a breach took place, in fact every effort has been made to avoid having to state it so what is to stop a recurrence?



    The only body qualified to say if a breach took place in 2011 is UEFA, it’s their rules and they should be interested to find out the SFA’s part in it to make sure UEFA rules are being followed as UEFA intend.



    As to the number of supporters who are unaware of Res12 or care (not your point but I’m adding here) that only applies as long as Celtic are winning. In 2010/11 season of honest mistakes everything was being done to ensure the flow of CL money to keep Rangers afloat. Everything.



    Currently whilst the CL has too many hurdles to qualify the rewards of cheating on FFP are less, the conditions for making it necessary are repeating themselves.



    Add in desire to stop 10iar and the motivation to do so again is very high.



    ( I understand for example but haven’t checked the rules the the current attempt at debt for equity swap by TRFC is to stay within UEFA FFP break even rules.)



    If history repeats itself those unaware of Res12 will moan like eff.



    I do respect the emotional attachment that keeps folk attending but self respect has to come into play at some point or does that not matter?



    By all means everyone should carry on supporting but be aware of what they are and if unhappy about it let Celtic know.



    There is an AGM in 5 months time and if the core question of did RFC get the licence without breaking the rules and did the SFA play Celtic shareholders for mugs from 2015 after being directed to them by Celtic is not answered within the next month the dots are heading into stormy AGM waters.


  8. Scottish Referee Stephen Brown has stepped down over historic Facebook posts of a sectarian, discriminatory and homophobic social media posts against Neil Lennon Mail Sport has revealed.



    While the messages have not been published they have been adjudged to be ban enough for the judicial panel to look into the matter but he was only censured for his outbursts at the time which shocked many. It’s quite astonishing that he was allowed to continue.



    The story has come to light again as Brown was made eligible this summer to start officiating games at Celtic Park and Ibrox where Ian Maxwell has stepped in and declared Brown’s historical baggage has made his position untenable.



    The mail have not published the messages they claim to have seen and have stated their is now no online presence of the vile outbursts. A lesson to any idiot who thinks they can be as disgusting as they want without repercussions.

  9. For clarity.



    I’ve booked a table at the local restaurant for tonight……….


    ………..I told the wee pub next door to let them know………………….. then I’ll phone the restaurant as well.


    I’ll order my main course at the petrol station, eat pudding in a phone box and wait for the bill at the bookies, where of course I’ll leave the tip………………………………………..

  10. Canamalar it looks like OCD obsession on



    “Never interfere with Israeli Politics.”


    Does supporting the genocide of the Semitic Palestinians count as interference?



    Which you obviously support, when you tell everyone else to refrain from showing sympathy with the natives, as a fundamental Christian you are in direct conflict with the teachings of the Christ.


    How do you justify this to yourself?

  11. “From I was 15 until 65 I was in some way involved. I have had plenty of time since to think if I was right or I was wrong. I regret nothing.”



    Billy McKee.

  12. Are we now at the stage that young high potential Scottish players are out of our reach? Time to step it up and let Celtic realise its potential which the current strategy won’t do. Who has the growth vision?

  13. AULDHEID @ 9:37 AM,



    Interesting piece, I’ve been struggling with what the latest updates signify – thanks for that.



    You’re far from positive tone doesn’t bode well, though the piece in The Record was interesting… (not the bit about humanising Rod – the smartest guy in the room – Petrie;)



    …it seems to accept the fact that there was unpaid tax, it seems to accept the fact that had Rangers declared it at the time Celtic and not Rangers would have been playing in the UCL qualifiers 2011-12 Season.



    Is this really the case? Has this been established?



    SFA set to make Rangers UEFA licence decision as Ian Maxwell issues update



    The governing body could pursue the Ibrox club over alleged irregularities in their application to play in Europe in 2011.






    Record Sport Online



    10:52, 13 JUN 2019



    Ian Maxwell has revealed a decision over whether to pursue Rangers over “alleged irregularities” in the club’s application for a UEFA licence in 2011 could be made soon.



    The SFA tasked its compliance officer with instigating a probe into the matter two years ago, which involves the Ibrox club’s unpaid tax liability at the time they submitted the application.



    Had they disclosed the liability, Celtic would have been entered into the Champions League qualifiers the following season.



    Rangers maintain the Five Way Agreement signed off by the SFA, SPL, SFL, the old Rangers and the Newco formed by Charles Green ensured the governing body had no jurisdiction in the case.



    The SFA’s judicial panel ruled the matter must be heard by the Court of Abitration for Sport if there was intent to dole out punishment



    SFA chief executive Ian Maxwell issued an update on the matter



    And now chief executive Maxwell insists the issue could be looked at again in the near future.



    He said: “I would expect that to come back to the board in the not-too-distant future.



    “It (going to CAS) is still under consideration.



    “We’ll come back on that in due course. I wouldn’t want to put a timescale on it.



    “But I don’t think we would let it go for ever.”



    Meanwhile, Maxwell insists new SFA president Rod Petrie is a misunderstood character, despite the Hibs chairman snubbing the media after he ascended unchallenged to the job.



    Petrie’s appointment has been met with derision from critics who are eager to see meaningful change at the top of Scottish football.



    But Maxwell believes perceptions will change and revealed there’s a plan in place to “humanise” the 63-year-old.



    He added: “We’ve had a few conversations about trying to humanise him. That will really help.



    “You’re never in a room and Rod’s not the smartest guy in it.



    “And he’s got a sense of humour, he’s got real humility about him, he’s really good company.



    “He just keeps it fairly well hidden, I suppose. So it’s about drawing that out over the period.”



    Now, my understanding was that Rangers were arguing that; any breach came under the Craig Whyte era so under the 5 way agreement they had immunity, that the SFA had accepted this, which is why CAS needed to be involved.



    Of course if it is, as The Record alludes, accepted that Rangers should have disclosed the unpaid tax in their declaration up to 31 May 2011, this was before Craig Whyte, and under the 5 way agreement New Rangers are responsible for Old Rangers Football rule breaches!!??






    Hail Hail

  14. I’m sure that mib who was caught is merely the tip of the iceberg. Just as I’m positive that there is no way the msm are going to pursue it as the bulk of them are of like mind.



    As for the SFA or its Referees association….don’t make me laugh. Otherwise he would have been thrown out long since. He’s been among friends and fellow bigots. Witness the former lot who have earned plenty on the after dinner circuit by telling how they cheated us over the years.

  15. BSR @ 9:50 AM,



    Ian Maxwell has impressed me in this regard – I think!?



    My take on last Season’s refreeing fiasco is this; the SFA used the compliance officers remit to the max to bring scrutiny to refereeing mistakes (honest or otherwise) and correct the wrongdoing where possible.



    The standing down of Dallas jr and now Brown suggests thaf Maxwell won’t tolerate the West of Scotland MiB culture.



    If I’m right this is obviously good. Howver it begs the question, if the SFA employ the refs, why can’t they simply sack Fleming and bring someone else in, maybe a Foreigner, to shake up the culture and mordernise Scottish refereeing.



    It suggests the refs powers and deep seated…



    Still, Steve Clarke, Res12 and now this, I’m encouraged by Ian Maxwell… more power to his elbow.



    See Big Pedro does get stuff right;)



    Hail Hail

  16. I see that Martin Compston is in the ‘world Xi’ starting line up for tonight’s Soccer Aid match. Shirt number 67 ;-)

  17. Turnbull deal is dead in the water and i dont get why we started there, we should be signing up our most pressing needs. We are crying out for a rightback and centreback. Then a strikers tops the list of priorities.



    The 4-2-3-1 killed us last season because teams just overloaded the midfield and pressing our all to slow build up play. Next season i would prefer 4-3-3 or 4-4-2.

  18. MOOSEWALA on 15TH JUNE 2019 11:21 AM



    It is not new, this has always happened for a long as i can remember. As i recall big celtic fan Mckinley went to blackburn 20 odd years ago, It is what It is

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