Power behind the throne


Agreeing on important topics, like wages, seems a straightforward business for some. You wonder if agreeing compensation is more of a challenge.

Celtic and confirmed prime target Brendan Rodgers have lots to discuss, not least who will make it into his backroom team.  Chris Davies was considered the power behind the throne when they were both I’m Glasgow before.

Chris was the technician, Brendan’s main sounding board and tactical resource. At 38, after 13 years as a Rodgers protégé, he will have options of a manager’s of his own.  I respect Chris greatly but wonder if Brendan needs a fresh pair of eyes after do many years.

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  1. Tom McLaughlin on

    As someone who queued at the ticket office for over 9 hours for season tickets — for other people — I can assure you that the excitement that was evident that day was purely down to Brendan Rodgers and sod all to do with the arrival of Sevco in the top league.

  2. Malachy Duffin on




    Impressive volte face there.



    Someone got the ruler on the knuckles.

  3. I’m assuming ‘new eyes’ doesn’t mean John Kennedy ?



    An article on what should be an exciting development, written with all the enthusiasm of a safety demonstration on Ryanair.



    If Davies doesn’t want it, is it Eddie Howe territory and ‘can’t convince my backroom team’ kinda noise.



    Impatient effers csc




  4. paulsthroughball88 on

    “Hope you don’t feel we’ve strung you along, Brendan, but, having read PAUL 67 this afternoon,we’re appointing Chris.



    No hard feelings, eh?”.

  5. BHOY FROM THE BOYNE on 15TH JUNE 2023 12:07 PM


    Francesco Farioli as Rodgers no.2?



    We can dream!






    If the boul Francesco turned up in my dream, I’d be asking politely: “Who the eff are you”?




  6. !!Bada Bing!! on

    Davies linked with Swansea job, Alex Ferguson liked to change his assistant every ccouple of seasons, to push himself, and make sure training didn’t go stale……

  7. Tom McLaughlin on




    I’ll say it again. You really need to proofread your articles, or use a fresh pair of eyes to edit them.



    Of course, anyone can make typos, grammatical and spelling mistakes, but when it is the lead article in a blog by the owner of the blog, it renders it amateurish and disreputable.



    Illegible players and all that.

  8. Bhoy From The Boyne on

    So could the negotiations involve the club bringing in additional people into the club as part of a backroom shake-up?



    Somebody identified within the other candidates interviews that is linked to the Lawwell’s/City Group axis?



    Things could get more interesting.

  9. FFS Paul, Ive been telling anyone who would listen my impeccable source (i.e you) said it wint be Brendan!



    Oh to be ITK

  10. Bhoy From The Boyne on

    BIG WAVY on 15TH JUNE 2023 12:12 PM


    BHOY FROM THE BOYNE on 15TH JUNE 2023 12:07 PM



    Francesco Farioli as Rodgers no.2?




    We can dream!








    If the boul Francesco turned up in my dream, I’d be asking politely: “Who the eff are you”?










    Time will tell Big Wavy, but I suspect Farioli will be a well known name in 12-18 months time.



    Of course, he will be long out-with our reach by then :-0

  11. big wavy on 15th June 2023 12:10 pm



    I’m assuming ‘new eyes’ doesn’t mean John Kennedy ?





    If its not Kennedy then the Club are being very intransigent in not letting Kenndy join Ange. We can hardly demand Kennedy stay on and then demote him.

  12. paulsthroughball88 on




    Yes, but Paul did get protégé spot on, you can’t aigu about that.

  13. AIPPLE on 15TH JUNE 2023 12:03 PM


    That awkward moment when ‘just noise’ turns into will Chris Davies join him.






    Also written in haste given all the typos.

  14. A touch of the Bobby Ewings about the site, suddenly all the guff about Managers has become totally irrelevant and has been a massive waste of time, if we were switched on we should have been talking about the backroom team.



    So let’s forget entirely about who get’s the Manager’s job & focus on the backroom team.


    What’s the bet that there will be a marked increase on backroom team posts.

  15. Paul 67,



    BR and Chris Davis have a tremendous record together. They are a team.



    Second in the EPL to mega bucks Man City. Only foiled by a slip by Slippy G and possibly financial irregularities.



    Finished 5th twice with Leicester City only missing out on the two seasons on the last day for CL qualification



    Would Leicester have stayed up if they hadn’t mutually consented both ?



    BR is still A list and this will be a coup when he eventually signs.




  16. “you traded immortality for mediocrity ” may just have hit a nerve 4 years ago ??


    Mixed feelings about this one . Like all of us I was livid with Brendan but I also remember the excitement he brought , bit conflicted but also a bit excited that maybe Brendan will come and finally take Celtic to a level we should be at . Looks like its going to happen if it does I like all Celts will be all in with my support .

  17. garygillespieshamstring on




    I’ll agree to disagree on that one.


    I’ve no doubt what you say about people being excited by Brendan’s arrival.


    However I know a number of guys who let their seats go when the huns died because they could pick and choose their games when the hun weren’t in the league and then picked them up again as it was the only way to get a seat for the derby game. They were all quite up front about it. I am sure others know people w ho did the same.

  18. Why bother with Brendan at all if Chris Davis was the brains behind BR, seems a waste of money if you ask me, cos as sure as eggs are eggs, that’s what you are saying Paul.

  19. “A top manager & even more importantly a brilliant and caring man. Your impact on my career and life outside of football is something I’ll be grateful for forever. Good luck with whatever is next.”



    England international James Maddison’s comments when Rodgers left Leicester city.



    Brendan must be some bluffer if he’s managed to get a tune out of all these international players when it was his assistant that was the brains behind the operation the whole time.

  20. bigrailroadblues on

    Good afternoon all from the Commercial Bar, Dunoon.


    Greenpinata from previous blog;


    Every day is National Beer Day old chap. 🍻👍

  21. If it turns out to be Brendan, I’m keen to hear his introductory address to the fans and whether it will contain reference to his previous early departure.

  22. Who considered Chris Davies the power behind the throne last time ? Never heard that one before. Think most accepted that Gerrard was no more than a figurehead at Sevco (sold season books, his name attracted players, good for overall PR etc) but his reliance on Beale was absolute. Up until 10 minutes ago I hadn’t realized the Rodgers /Davies dynamic was similar.

  23. garygillespieshamstring on

    I’ll reserve my judgement until I see his results and the. style of football the team plays.


    We have enough evidence already that his words mean very little.

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