One of the big question marks Celtic fans have over the appointment of Ange Postecoglou is undoubtedly what authority he’ll be given.
It wouldn’t be unlike the club, for example, to enforce certain staff members on him. They forced Ronny Deila into having John Collins as his second in command and John Kennedy as part of his first-team coaching staff. Neil Lennon was also given Kennedy as his assistant despite him wanting his own men in [The Times].
As for the transfer market, even Brendan Rodgers had his run-ins with the Celtic board. Marian Shved was signed despite Rodgers clearly not wanting him at the club [The Scotsman]. Not to mention the haggling over John McGinn that allowed him to slip through Celtic’s grasp when he was a priority buy for Rodgers.
There’s no denying each of these managers had differing levels of authority. Whether it be as part of their backroom staff, the transfer market, or even in both – there were clear issues there.
The transfer window this summer closes on August 31st [Sky Sports]. That’s 82 days from now. By the time it shuts, we’ll have a clear indication of how much influence Postecoglou has been given at this football club.
The Celtic fans want the club to back Postecoglou properly
Right now, there’s a feeling that if Postecoglou is the man the club wants, then he has to be backed. That doesn’t just mean giving him the managerial job. It means bowing to his every demand when it comes to his backroom staff. It means doing what he believes needs doing regarding John Kennedy and Gavin Strachan.
And ultimately it means securing as many of his top targets as is possible this summer. Postecoglou will know all about the transfer budget he has to work with in the coming months. It’s almost certainly one of the first things he and Dominic McKay will have spoken about. The early signs are promising too with talks on player recruitment already underway [Celtic Website].
But If Celtic are sitting here come the end of the window having brought in several loan players, having failed to strengthen in a couple of key positions, or with underwhelming replacements for our top stars, you can’t say you’ve backed the manager. You’ll have left him shorthanded. No manager wants key positions left under strengthened. Yes, a manager will want more. But making sure we have two players for every spot in the team is vitally important.
August 31st will see transfer window slam shut
If there’s sufficient money spent, cover for all key positions, and Postecoglou confirms his delight with the window, we can be satisfied. But the state of this squad come August 31st will dictate whether that’s the case.
Keeping the current coaching staff around won’t be a flat-out sign of boardroom influence. However, it’ll be down to the new boss to explain why the likes of Kennedy or Strachan are still around. Explain why he still wants them around Parkhead.
But fans always have a strong vibe when it comes to the window and whether their manager has been backed. Celtic and Postecoglou can give all the soundbites they want just now. Come August 31st, we’ll know exactly how much authority Postecoglou was given.