Celtic supporters have been through the wringer this season.
Like all clubs, we’ve been forced to watch matches from home. However, that’s been through a stream that doesn’t always work. We’ve been told our demands are unreasonable, even after the board tried to make changes. For years, we’ve begged for modernisation at the club, but only now is a Director of Football being considered. That’s leaving aside the wasted opportunity of 10IAR [Celtic FC]. It’s been a mess.
There are more things to list there, but the point remains: it’s not been easy. And it’s been exacerbated by poor communication between the boards and us, those who follow the club through thick and thin.
Which is why we need more clarity about the future of the club. At the moment, Celtic are being linked to everyone from old-fashioned kick-and-chasers like Sean Dyche to Guardiola disciples like Enzo Maresca. It’s confusing, and any kind of sign from the board about what it is they’re looking for would do us good.
We’ve spoken before about the shroud of silence from the board on important matters. Ian Bankier, for example, wouldn’t get recognised in the Hoops bar. Even with a badge that says “I am Celtic Chairman, Ian Bankier.”
Lawwell only spoke about Dubai after it was far too late. Then, Lennon contradicted him. The standard of communication from the hierarchy at the board has been absolutely dire.
If there was some kind of message about the profile of incoming manager they’re after, then it would help to improve the relationship between them and us.
Celtic supporters need clarity on manager hunt
It would be good to know some basic stuff. The managerial appointments have been so wildly differing in recent years that it’s hard to know what the board want.
For example, they had a tactician and youth development expert in Brendan Rodgers. Neil Lennon was heralded more for his man-management, allowing players immense freedom. Ronny Deila was drastically different to both.
Do the club want a young manager, or a more established name? Are they after a Director of Football and “head coach” model, or more all-encompassing figure who handles recruitment as well as tactics? A shouter, like Roy Keane/Mick McCarthy, or a modern, technical manager who has an established tactical identity?
We don’t know any of these things. So, while we’re grasping for names of available coaches, it would be great to narrow it down. Supporters, ideally, would have a degree of input into who the next manager is. That’s unlikely, but we can dream.
At the very least though, we put enough money into the club to get at least a bit of information. As investors, we deserve to know what the board are after.
Call us entitled, but I think we’re owed that.
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