There appears to be nothing more than a desire to move-on behind Johan Mjallby’s decision to leave Celtic at the end of the season but it leaves the original four man coaching team of Neil Lennon, Alan Thompson, Mjallby and Garry Parker reduced down to two. The management team needs to be rebuilt.
Assistants do more than just put the cones out and get players go through their paces. They are an extra pair of eyes and ears, at the side of the field and in the dressing room. When they are most effective, they are a source of learning, bringing improved techniques and ideas into the club, forcing the manager to reconsider established practices.
Strip some of the greats of their productive partners and they proved to be prosaic underachievers; Cough without Taylor was a sorry sight. By contrast, Ferguson played the assistants’ game perfectly, swapping them every few years to enhance his stock with fresh flavour.
Alan Thompson was not directly replaced but irrespective of the speculation which constantly surrounds the club, a wind of change will blow through Lennoxtown this summer, filling the gaps in the original four man team.
If you’ve wondered about getting involved with some of the charity events surrounding the club there is a perfect opportunity coming up. The Foundation is having a badge day at the Dundee United game on Sunday 11 May. This is an important opportunity to anchor the ethos of the club to its roots by engaging thousands of Celtic fans in the simple act of buying a badge for charity.
All monies raised will go towards supporting those afflicted by homelessness in the Glasgow area. I volunteered to help on the day and offered to put the word around, over 100 bucketeers are needed. If you want to help, all you’ll need to do is turn up early for the game, wear a hi-vis vest and hold a bucket, but I can assure you, you’ll enjoy it. Email the foundation with your name and phone number: firstname.lastname@example.org .
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