Mourinho and pleasures delayed


For those who like their pleasure delayed, there is something wholesome in the wider awakening to the traits and abilities of Jose Mourinho.  The Portuguese inherited a squad at Porto in 2002 that would achieve great things there and elsewhere, notably against Celtic in Seville a year later, then against Monaco in 2004, but Mourinho’s principle contribution to results was his indulgence in the game’s dark arts.

Later in his career he would achieve while out-spending competitors, or by ‘parking the bus’ while still outspending most.  His temperament has always had a question mark over it.  Never has he won a league after his second at a club, by then, the impression of brilliance has always unravelled.

He made a barbed comment aimed broadly in the direction of Brendan Rodgers last week, although the Celtic manager was not mentioned, before picking on his own squad this week.  All will serve to divert attention from the fact that his spending is eye-watering and comparable to anywhere, but he will never get close to Manchester City.

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  1. !!Bada Bing!! on

    On the subject of work….if anyone requires a Fire Risk Assessment, The Law is,if 5 or more persons employed, you must have one, or Staff Fire Safety Training, get in touch




    Mary’s Meals to benefit from any work….

  2. Delaneys Dunky on



    There are a couple of pokers in a couple of fires pal. Drum shop is hell on earth. Butty wallopers. Good luck G

  3. BRTH,



    I have for many a long year been trying to trace an old mate of mine, Joe Duffy. He was from the Dumbarton Road end of Hyndland Street. He used to play the guitar in the Chancellor in Byres Road, I think. Ring any bells?

  4. NORRIEM on 21ST MARCH 2018 7:40 PM



    Res12 Bhoys






    Interesting from Phil earlier






    FtSFA aware of dual contracts and HMRC going after Rangers from 2009






    They appear to be dingying Phil on this :-))))





    Just one of the many facts that struggle to reach the light.



    The fix was in from around 2010. The only thing not known is who was in on it and to what degree.



    Only an enquiry of the type Celtic/SPFL sought last Sept would untangle it for sure but SFA as one of the tangled don’t want it. Neither would Rangers as it would reveal the full extent of their duplicity. Jury is out on SPFL even though request for enquiry came from them, some doubts on Celtic but even more on UEFA.



    It’s a bit like Watergate, starts as a burgarly but ends up with the President. The difference there was Woodward and Berntein were not on the Succulent payroll.

  5. BIG PACKY on 21ST MARCH 2018 8:42 PM


    OLDTIM67, as long as your okay, might catch up with you one day, is it the blane valley, apologies if wrong ,drinks are on me.hh.



    Yes the Blane Valley is where I drink when in Glasgow,look forward to meeting you.

  6. DD,all the headcases are barred,doesn’t stop me spending most of my time in Milngavie though :-))

  7. Kev J



    Why raise the child abuse issue ?



    For the reasons I outlined in my post- it was all there. Now, why NOT raise the child abuse issue?





    Did Fergus not “hammer” the issue – at the time ?



    No- he did not, otherwise some people would have been up on charges earlier.

  8. !!Bada Bing!! on

    In fact, let’s start If guys need work done, why not ask on here? Any work gained, Mary’s Meals gets a donation, and we look after fellow Tims, and possibly get work for Bhoys who are idle. Just an idea…..btw plumbers are never at your front door,as quick as some movies would have you believe…:)

  9. DD,last I was in the Drum was before the Sevco game, met a few old Knightswood punters, all very confident they would turn us over

  10. !!Bada Bing!! on

    Auldheid-It’s a bit like Watergate, starts as a burgarly but ends up with the President. The difference there was Woodward and Berntein were not on the Succulent payroll.



    Beautifully put……HH

  11. !!BADA BING!!


    Having just this part hour or so watchd Monday night programme about the Masons, wasn’t that the reason that they started 400 years ago? ;-)


    But anyway, good idea. I’ll decide what services I can offer after some deep thinking…. ;-)

  12. Delaneys Dunky on



    Heard sleekit Guidi tonight on Superscoreboard telling the nation what family he is off. I have known he is a nephew of Jack McGinn for years. He telt the nation that he is the cousin of the McGinn bhoys fae Clydebank


    Strange indeed. John and Stephen McGinn were on talking to their cousin Mark Guidi. Was a bit surreal. I hope John McGinn fulfills his ambition and signs for us.

  13. BRTH, I already have a table booked; I will speak to Fredo tom arrow and get a bigger table!





  14. MIT



    Why should Brendan not listen to our opinions on something as mundane as football tactics, but the Club should listen to us on something that as important as the abuse scandals?



    Most of us have played football, and see it every week ….



    Hopefully, considerably fewer have had experience with the sort of abuse we are talking about.



    Brendan is a football manager at a senior level and I believe you are in the legal profession. If you are looking for guidance on how to be a better lawyer I would assume that you seek guidance from your legal peers and those more learned or experienced than yourself. I don’t think your first port of call would be the serial offender who has been inside more courtrooms than yourself. Nor would it be the guy or gal who has an eidetic memory for every episode of LA Law or its Canadian equivalent (Due South???). That’s what most pros would do.



    If Brendan can chew the fat with Swalex, Mourinho, Wenger or others who have been there and done that and earned the right, why seek those pearls from guys who have never had to manage senior professional footballers at a serious level? I think a wise manager should be aware of terracing feedback but they cannot afford to give it too much headroom as the feedback is volatile, contradictory and is a circle that cannot be squared. So you smile politely and nod your head at amateur advice and review your plan with those better informed and more level headed.



    On the subject of Child Abuse, I believe CQNrs and the club managers are on a more even footing. Some CQNrs and some within hte Club will be quite well informed on the issue, others in both settings only moderately so , and many of us with , thankfully, nothing but book learning or hearsay to guide us.



    In short- Football experts should consult with other football experrts to learn and grow as football experts, but football experts should consult with Child Abuse experts in order to better protect their current youth footballers and to make amends to those whose situations were mishandled in the past.

  15. Delaneys Dunky on



    I know every hun who pollute Knightswood shopping centre. They don’t talk to me since 2012. Heid doon cowards full of shite. They all know I know their club died 6 years ago. Not one of them can look me in the eye anymore. I love laughing at their pain G. ;))

  16. Brogan Rogan Trevino and Hogan on

    Tony Rome



    Hmm the name Fox rings a bell but I can’t place it fully.



    Lennybhoy — Thanks got that message.



    DD — You are a rascal! Ally wouldn’t get near my grass!!

  17. BIG PACKY on 21ST MARCH 2018 8:42 PM



    OLDTIM67, as long as your okay, might catch up with you one day, is it the blane valley, apologies if wrong ,drinks are on me.hh.






    You’ll do well to buy Davie a drink. He’s a pure nuisance! For a Bhoy who says he cannae walk to his bedroom, he gets to the bar quicker than Usain himself!!


    You need to be up early to buy him a drink before he gets you one first.


    What a Bhoy! He’s a caution so he is



    HH jamesgang

  18. A Ceiler Gonof Rust on

    DD, I’m not making the Ross Co game, or Coias . Heading to Spain on Saturday wi the size 22.



    Doc has my SB for the game.



    Enjoy the day, looks like you’ll be in very good company.



    Catch up with you soon.







    ….. Still around 80 of the 500 seats available — remember we may well be celebrating a double treble as well.






    BRTH – I emailed you on Saturday to confirm a table but haven’t had a reply, just checking you got it ok?




  20. Brogan Rogan Trevino and Hogan on

    Parkheadcumsalford on 21st March 2018 8:46 pm



    Again, I know the name Joe Duffy from somewhere but I don’t think he is someone I know personally.



    But I can ask around.






    Noted re the table.

  21. DELANEYS DUNKY on 21ST MARCH 2018 9:02 PM




    Guidi’s mother was in Hugh Keevins class at school.


    As for supporting the Celtic, I have always supported them, and will do till my dying breath.


    What will not be allowed to develop, is “me” being cowed by a culture who’s modus operandi is,….


    ….”We pay for a season ticket, so, “we” are Celtic supporters, but, you don’t / can’t, so, you aren’t a Celtic supporter.”


    I’m not saying that your saying that, but, that is the culture that I detect.


    Thank you for your recent offer of your ticket, I can’t accept, I’m sorry that I can’t be more explanatory at the moment, but thank you again G.


    Just know this, sometimes the darkness is the only friend that can be trusted, don’t be afraid of the dark.


    Guid luck fella, HH.



  22. SFTB



    I’ll call you out of your fitba snobbery mhate!! ;-)



    Football’s not some mystery or deep science or dark art. It’s the most readily understandable and accessible sport on the planet, hence its popularity.



    In the words of Bill Shankley. ‘Football is a simple game based on the giving and taking of passes, of controlling the ball and of making yourself available to receive a pass. It is terribly simple.’ He was an expert. Perhaps that gives him sufficient credence in your eyes!



    HH jamesgang

  23. I’m grand Big Packy.


    I’m taking in the sense of comradeship that has been so strong on here over the last 48 hours.



    You can get a real sense of folk on here. But then when you meet them in person they’re even better!



    Nothing I say will prepare for meeting Oldtim. A legend indeed.



    HH jamesgang

  24. Brogan Rogan Trevino and Hogan on

    Sid1888 on 21st March 2018 9:20 pm



    Sorry, yes I have it and will acknowledge. Sorry, more than slightly wrapped up on some big work stuff at the moment so I am taking longer than I should to answer all e-mails. My apologies.






    Not only a rascal but a Rasta Rascal!

  25. Delaneys Dunky on



    Wish you would return tae Celtic Park. Thanks for your support of me, if not Celtic. My ticket is yours if you wake up one day and think”I fancy going to see my team today.”



  26. My wife tells a recent story, no names no pack drill supplied by her, about a guy who tried to pull the wool over his wife’s eyes by telling her that he caught a recent bout of gonorrhoea from wearing his mates underpants and not from a professional lady from a neighbouring island. ACGR, you’ll ken this island – by reputation of course ;-)


    Well my son decided to travel light last week and asked to borrow some of my socks and underwear. I just hope the Dundee wummen are clean living girls :-)




  27. Brogan Rogan Trevino and Hogan on

    Sid 1888



    Hotmail acting up. If I can’t fix it this evening I will confirm via my work e-mail.