First Scottish Premiership boss gone already while Ange prepares Celtic for week one

By John McGinley

July 29, 2022

Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou looked a happy man in his first Scottish Premiership press conference of the season today, while other clubs already hold a reckoning on their future direction.

Motherwell, Celtic’s week nine opponents, have swiftly parted ways with manager Graham Alexander after a disastrous UEFA Europa Conference League qualifying result against Sligo Rovers.

Alexander’s side lost 3-0 on aggregate to the Irish side in a tie many had tipped Motherwell to win and progress to the next round.

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After a poor run of results in 2022, the Steelmen finally decided enough was enough and delivered a ‘mutual consent’ update to supporters today.

Chairman Jim McMahon said in a statement: “Graham asked to speak with us early on Friday morning, and everyone agreed that it would be best to make a change.

“We asked Graham to reverse our fortunes when he arrived eighteen months ago and he did that, before a really solid start to his first full season at Fir Park laid the foundations for what ultimately led to a fifth place finish and European football.

“However, things haven’t gone as well for a spell in 2022 and although the timing is not ideal, we hope a change will bring about fresh impetus for everyone ahead of the 2022/23 season.

“I would like to place on record our sincere thanks to Graham and Chris for all their hard work and effort and wish them every success in their future careers.”

Several managers in the league will be keen on making a strong start to the campaign from this weekend others in this climate, with boards already showing a ruthless edge.

There has already been criticism for Hibernian manager Lee Johnson, for example, despite only arriving in Edinburgh a couple of months ago. Meanwhile, St Mirren and St Johnstone also exited the Scottish League Cup group stages.

Motherwell will be hoping their decisive action has been taken early enough to prevent a disastrous season, though it certainly is eyebrow-raising to see a manager leave before a ball has even been kicked in the Premiership. Surely the best time for a change is before pre-season?

Thank goodness Celtic aren’t contending with drama like this at the moment.

In other news, Ange Postecoglou delivers Friday update on potential of more Celtic incomings.