Spartak sack manager Emeri after derby defeat


Spartak Moscow today sacked manager Unai Emeri after a 1-5 home league defeat against eight placed Dinamo Moscow.  Spartak are confirmed as bottom of Celtic’s Champions League group before they head to Celtic Park for the final game on 5 December.

Emeri has been increasingly unpopular since taking over earlier this year when his spell at Valencia ended, while rumours of dissent in the dressing room were never far away.  I had hoped he would remain in place for the visit to Glasgow but there will be a new man in charge by then.

A group of around 200 supporters demonstrated after the game, many chanting for the foreign players to ‘Go home’.

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  1. screen73



    20:40 on 25 November, 2012





    Thanks for bringing that article to us.


    I think Jim McGuinness’s signing will prove to be one of those magical, serendipitous wee happenchances that seem to have occurred so regularly throughout the history of Celtic.


    There is some kind of magic at work here.



    The tragic demise of Belfast Celtic sent Charlie Tully to where destiny meant him to be…



    A wee, comical looking Canadian business man turned up when all seemed lost…



    A big, masonic Rangers supporter was brought in as a stop-gap centre half…



    I think having Lenny as our manager, just when a Gaelic football Svengali was changing the face of Irish sport might be another ‘unbelievable coincidence.’



    I have a Dream…

  2. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on



    no the trem I’d have used but sftb has got a point :oD)))

  3. celticrollercoaster loves Wee Oscar, our Celtic Warrior on

    The Spirit of Arthur Lee




    23:34 on 25 November, 2012







  4. A wee, comical looking Canadian business man turned up when all seemed lost…



    A big, masonic Rangers supporter was brought in as a stop-gap centre half…






    a wee bit disingenious bud.



    a stirling celtic fanatic, contemporay of Billy Bremner, and CSC bus convenor.



    and the Jock being a mason, has that ever been factually proven ?


    a popular myth ?



    keep it lit

  5. It’s interesting to see long-range weather forecasts – FWIW, I know – predicting lots of heavy duty wintry stuff for early new year.



    And the Armageddon-plagued SPL has insanely planned a winter break between Jan 2 and Jan 19.



    What were they thinking?



    Last time there was a winter break (MON’s first season?) the topics on the ole Huddleboard got pretty esoteric.



    Could be even more interesting this time round…Mayans permitting of course:)

  6. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on



    I think its down to good management, stuff like this and MrPark are why I dont moan much about the the board :oD))))))

  7. My dear,dear,dear,friend.. Petec



    Gary,is Money oan the Hoof..






    Celtic, know that he has Premier League Ambitions..



    He is Ambitious..



    Therefore.. Neil, has bin trying tae rope In Suitable replacement.. since



    Last August..



    Miku,wullnae Dae.. but.. the The Tunisian Guy… May.. Who knows?.. Only the Shadow diz..and He is No Tellin’..



    The Tunisian needs mair Games..



    Noo..Ah see.Meanwhile.. back at the Ranch..



    Neil,is Continuing tae Look.. fur a Replacement fur Gary..



    He wants the American Guy.. Badly.



    and..this .. Ghanaaian Fellow.. wi the Unpronounceable Name..who has jist arrived oan trial..



    They say that He is a Rea..



    GOAL SCORER.. and He wull set the Scottish Heather oan Fire..is He signs Fur Us..




    And..then.. there is..



    Tony,of course..who Ah think an awfy Loat o’



    Tony,is a Real Find..and in a coupla years.. if he matures along the proper lines..



    Will.. Become a World Class Player..



    That is. If the Creek Don’ Rise..and His Screws the Heid and Buys a Bunnet…



    If ye know whit Ah mean?






    Hoops is A Goner.. eethur oan Jan or Season’s End..



    so .



    Neil..is still.. Alooking Aroon… Natch.





    Yer pal..


    Who likes ye aloater



    Still, Laughin’

  8. celticrollercoaster loves Wee Oscar, our Celtic Warrior on





    23:41 on 25 November, 2012



    You haven’t seen us!!! We also play on Sat morn at 9, but there is a big squad already. Could get u on the list if u wish?







  9. setting free the bears



    23:39 on 25 November, 2012



    The moon howlers have started early tonight





    I’m sure I am wrong here and apologies, are you referring to me?



    I don’t like innuendo, it is total cowardice and I would never think of you in this way but the above comment is troubling me.

  10. Paddy Haters?



    is there such a thing among the support? or is it just another figment of the caramel mind




  11. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on

    cheers petec thats gave me a belly laugh the first for a while :oD)))))


    hail hail

  12. celticrollercoaster loves Wee Oscar, our Celtic Warrior



    23:48 on 25 November, 2012



    That would be Fantastic, I pick up the wee man in EK usually Friday night or Saturday morning, so that would be ideal for me.



    Add me to the list of available for Saturday’s if that is ok. ;))

  13. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on

    we’re just missing FFM, where ur yea FFM :oD)))))))))



    ou ou ouuu csc

  14. petec



    You know I do not agree with hidden conspiracy theories but that comment tonight was not directed at you. The Moon Howler was the guy(s) who tried to rope the far too wily Zbyszek into his apolitical right wing fantasy.



    We have outlined our differences in viewpoint before and I do not see any purpose in going there again. Besides canamalar is keeping you busy enough.

  15. Under Jock Stein Celtic established a reputation as a team who “did not play friendlies.”


    He was able to make them take a pre-season friendly against Stranraer seriously. He didn’t have any qualifications in sports pysychology.


    Talk of physique and fitness as in the Jim McGuniess article is a retreat into what can be measured. Like pedometers to see how much ground a player covers. It means nothing.


    How do you measure a drop of the shoulder, a feign?


    Teddy Sheringham covered little ground and was always to be found on the same spot. It was when he expended a little energy and went AWOL that the opposition were banjaxed.


    Jimmy Johnstone and Bobby Lennox were not fine physical specimens. Nor did they sport a nasty sneer or an agressive snarl. No. They had smiles on their faces. And far worse habits …



    I watched Ronald Koeman walk the fifty yards to take a free kick v Sampdoria in 1992. I thought he was never going to get there. But I knew he was going to score.



    Can textbook theory make a player volunteer to take a penalty?

  16. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire



    23:53 on 25 November, 2012





    do you resemble that remark :oD))))))))






    I guess I must!!!!!

  17. Kojo reelin’ Zybzeck intae the anti-Communist rant? Who’d’a’thoat?


    I have no right. Am merely a lurker.


    Support Lennon and his, our, team.

  18. Gotta Go



    Good Night Scotland


    Good Night Ireland


    Good Night Wales


    Good Night England


    Good Night Canada


    Good Night New Zealand


    Good Night Australia.






    Good Night.. Frank McLaughlin, wherever you are..






  19. Saint Stivs



    23:46 on 25 November, 2012



    Sorry for appearing disingenuous, bud. ( Is that an americanism for Brother )



    I will try harder in future.

  20. setting free the bears



    23:58 on 25 November, 2012





    Cheers m8,



    I am just worried you are a Davie Hay type player on that 5 a side field. ;)) I hope to join you and others for fitba soon so I can shed mair pounds. It is only fair when I ask so much of the wee guy that I get my own backside back into gear



    HH and GN CQN






    Be excellent to see you and any other CQNers at the Stone Roses gig next Summer.

  21. Archie Gemmil on his scouting days.


    “When I started scouting we wanted to know – Can he control the ball? Can he pass the ball? Has he vision? If the answer to any one was yes then it was worth a look.


    Latterly I’d be told He’s big, he’s strong. He’s fast. He’s athletic.


    I wouldn’t get a look in these days.”



    In football as in so many other spheres we have a tick box approach. It lets people off from taking a risk.

  22. Ntassoolla,



    A retreat into the measured. Nice phrase.



    Think it’s a further application of Moneyball theory, which has done us not too bad so far.



    This constant searching in well-rewarded, globalised sports for that extra something, that edge, can be pretty unedifying, and will continue to throw up situations whereby the original spirit of the sport in question seems to have been set aside.



    There is now a school of thought in golf that youngsters should grunt, a la Monica Seles, when they hit the ball, for example.



    In football I think there is a definite rise of the athlete, ‘upper-body strength’, yaddah yaddah.



    Big EPL teams are literally that.



    Funny you should mention Sheringham. Went round a golf course in a group with him once – his ‘mental toughness’ was way above and beyond the other players, all ex-pros of a similar level.



    So I would say the inner strength he possessed is something Jim McGuinness can teach…



    Enjoy your posts




  23. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon..!!.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on

    jude2005 is neil lennon \o/



    22:17 on


    25 November, 2012



    It was posted ….??????…….god help us …..!!!!!

  24. Looking at other teams outwith the big 4 leagues and see how well they are juggling CL competition with their domestic leagues



    Ajax are joint 4th


    Anderlecht are 4 points clear in 1st


    Nordsjaeland are 9 points behind in joint 2nd place


    Olympiakos are 8 points clear in 1st place in Greece


    Porto & Benfica are joint 1st, Braga 9 points shy in 3rd


    Galatasaray are 1st by 2 points


    Shaktar are 14 points clear of Kiev


    Zenit are 3rd, and Spartak 7th, 6 and 10 points adrift


    Cluj are 4th and 13 points behind


    Bate are 1st- 7 points clear


    Zagreb are 1st- 8 points clear




    In the big leagues:-



    EPL teams are 1st, 2nd 4th and 6th


    La Liga teams are 1st, 3rd, 4th and 11th


    Serie A are 1st and 8th


    Bundesliga are 1st, 2nd and 3rd


    Ligue 1 are 1st, 9th and 12th




    So there is quite a mixed picture.



    Some teams have used regular CL success to dominate their league. Others have found it difficult to combine the two.



    Celtic currently are 1st in their league and favourites to reach the last 16.

  25. TootingTim thanks.



    There are just some players who have something that sticks in your mind.


    I mentioned four of them above.


    Bertie Auld and Bobby Murdoch had disarming smiles that often left their opponents in stitches. Or worse.


    I’d pay good money to hear Bertie talk to a sports psychologist.

  26. God night bhoys.


    A wee bit of spotify for me.


    I’ve connected my PC to the surround sound in an isolated room.



    Is it just me or is anyone else on here malconent with the refesh function?


    I use a Firefox add-on called RefreshEvery. For a given site you set a number in seconds


    It doesn’t work on here.

  27. Moonhowler signing in.



    Petec, you are one of us even if it bothers you a bit.



    Look on moonhowler as a euphemism for ….







  28. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on



    I expect FFM has still got a big riddie, might no see him for a wee while :oD)))))

  29. Canamalar



    I had an all night “discussion” with FFM before, and then must have passed out at an appropriate time.



    Reading back in “the morning” I was baffled that all FFM’s posts had been wiped.



    He was banned for a while.



    But he was fine in our wee barney.



    My theory is he drinks too slowly.



    The pass out mechanism is human evolution saving us.