Successful managers are an incredibly rare breed


I think it pained us all to see the inglorious departure Martin O’Neill made at Sunderland.  He will always remain a hero at Celtic, where he transformed us from a sleeping giant into a Champions League team, but his subsequent record is mixed.  He earned a fair return for his spend at Villa but was helpless to prevent the decline of his boyhood favourites, Sunderland.

Eight years after he left we can view his achievements with perspective: fabulous, but Martin falls behind Neil Lennon in scale of achievement.  Not only did Neil reach what we used to refer to as ‘the next level’ in Europe, he did so against an enormous redistribution of financial power in Europe.  It will be a long time before we trouble the Deloitte Top 20 list of football earners (or spenders).

When Sunderland replaced the student of the game with a showman they lost the sympathy with neutrals, some of their own fans and even the odd Miliband on their board.  A dead cat bounce saved them from relegation in May but living with a showman month-in-month-out is harder than enjoying a few outings at the theatre.

Sunderland’s experience demonstrates how few good managers there are and why they are prized so highly.

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  1. An Dun



    All of these managers had a cheating Rangers to contend with,



    But for a ball sticking in the mud at Easter Road, WGS would have had 4iar (and probably we would still have wanted him sacked).





    Dan & Burgas



    “At 70 minutes when I thought the team was tiring, I thought the obvious tactic would have been to shore up the midfield and settle for a draw.”




    Aye, but how many times had you the same thought in a game when we went on to score the winner? It’s the punter’s memory. We all remember and boast about the bet that made us big money, forgetting to recall the 10 occasions when we gave it all back to the bookies, and more.



    Captain hindsight is always right.



    People do not come on and say e.g. ” I was in Moscow in October 2012 and, after we got the o.g. equaliser, I was screaming for Neil to shut up shop and gratefully take the point. I don’t know what he was doing in attacking in the final minutes and risking the loss. When will he ever learn?”

  2. Dontbrattbakkinanger on

    hendrix67- that’s because your lugs are in good shape, despite the years of unrestrained feedback.



    People often hear ole Ian Paisley rantin’ and ravin’ about Popish this and Popish that, and they think they’re listenin’ to Salvador Dali.

  3. hendrix67: “It is to these tikes, hooligans, louts and drunkards that I pinpoint my message – it is because of your gutter-rat behaviour that we are being publicly tarred and feathered.’



    You aware of who said this ?

  4. CQN- my first for port of call for IT issues.



    Anyone offer advice on Apple ID and iPads?



    I have changed my Apple ID to a new email address on iTunes on laptop.



    However iPad is only offering my old Apple ID to log in with my password- where/how can I change this?


    (I have already linked the iPad to laptop which went into sync mode as normal).



    Many thanks in anticipation!

  5. Dontbrattbakkinanger on

    BCW- is it Mr Creosote’s stirrin’ half time team talk that turned the tables against the mighty, storm tossed Forfar?

  6. setting free the bears @ 14.06



    It’s not a matter of hindsight. Lenny took off 2 midfielders and brought on 2 forwards. That left us with a midfield of Brown and Mulgrew. No surprise then that Zapata had all that space for his shot.


    I am amazed that Neil is not getting flak for those incredible substitutions. There was a point for the taking, which would have been a very acceptable result. Why take such a gamble, it wasn’t a must-win game.


    Neil has been great for us. There has been a big improvement in the way we play. But he still has to learn about playing in Europe.

  7. tommytwiststommyturns supporting Wee Oscar on

    Celtic take Uruguayan centre forward Nicolas Mezquida on trial….!




  8. Dontbrattbakkinanger



    Yeah that’s it, how did you get that ?



    On a serious note though, they learn quick. The trick of errr…fan intervention was repeated against Motherwell in 1976 to help them achieve a league title for the first time in ten years.

  9. Re. Tony Watt, it may be true he has an attitude problem. What annoys me is that the Scotsman would go digging for dirt on one of our players even when he’s abroad on loan. The sooner that rag goes bust the better.

  10. tommytwiststommyturns supporting Wee Oscar on

    DBBIA – ha so he’s a shorty?! He’s had previous loan spells in Europe, but without success.


    No harm in having a look at him.




  11. DBBIA- don’t I know it!



    scottishleaf- No sure how I do this, the Apple Apps seem to be fixed on the IPad- they don’t wobble when trying t delete.



    Modren unwobbleable apps are rubbish.

  12. Dontbrattbakkinanger on

    TTTT -he’s average height for a Uruguayan of his age and religious beliefs.



    Of course I’ve not yet been able to measure the entire population.

  13. tommytwiststommyturns supporting Wee Oscar on

    desertbhoy – he’s not played for his national side, so could be a problem.


    Don’t think this move will happen!




  14. tommytwiststommyturns supporting Wee Oscar on

    DBBIA – we can safely say he’s not descended from any U-boat captains….!




  15. I'm Neil Lennon (tamrabam) on

    for me personally MON took us from a team who 20 points a season behind rangers and made us a team who were 20 points a season better than rangers



    yes the club backed him, but in fairness the huns still backed their own manager even more



    in my own personal opinion, it was one of the greatest times to be a celtic fan


    mon henrik sutton hartson lubo and oh so many others



    i hope lenny goes onto eclipse that, but to suggest he has already done so might be premature

  16. Dontbrattbakkinanger on

    TTTT- again it’s a group I’ve had a chance to examine [ they’re nearly all dead] but I think given the lack of room inside a Type V11 U-boat most of the crew would have been on the short side, so they weren’t bangin’ their heads all the time off the various valves, lockers and other excrescences lining the walls of the ole Sea Wolf.

  17. Philbhoy - Bring it on!!!! on

    Relax bhoys.



    We don’t sign trialists!



    Do we?



    Why take a small striker on trial when, if the management had any managerial and coaching skills we’d be getting the best out of Tony Watt!



    For cryin’out loud!

  18. Jungle Jim and Dan



    It’s interesting to debate the relative merits of MON and NFL but, as has been pointed out, we are not really comparing like with like. Each man had different challenges to face and, IMO, both did the business. How many of us would have predicted our success last season when NFL took the job in 2010? Are we pleased? I am, for sure.


    As for NFL’s tactical naivety, say we had “shut up shop” for the last 20 mins in Milan, and invited Ballotelli et al on to us and they scored. NFL would have been criticised for changing from a system that had worked well to one which proves his “negativity”.


    Big Jock got criticised for the losses to Milan, Feyenoord, Partick etc. We really are a demanding bunch.


    I think NFL is learning on the job and has done really well. Our current squad looks like it could be really exciting. If we get 3rd in this group or better, that will count as success for me. COYBIG

  19. From @charlotte



    @GersnetOnline Ask FFW why RIFC refused to hand over the Pinsent and Deloitte reports to the SFO despite a request to do so. #CoverUp

  20. goldstar10



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    Settings > FaceTime > Off



    Settings > iCloud > Delete Account (this only unregisters and deletes it off the device)



    Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings

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