Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Two weeks on: Are we there yet?

So tomorrow (Thursday) will be two weeks since Neil Lennon resigned as manager. It's been a bit of a circus since then with a constant stream of stories from media outlets that have a lot of words but very little of substance actually in them, a mass outcry from Social Media any time certain names have been mentioned and, of course, a new bookies favourite every two days. Yet if we are to believe Peter Lawwell then no one has even been offered the job, so what exactly is going on?

It is clear that Dermot Desmond is taking the main role in this so it is difficult for Lawwell to drip anything out to his pet journalists like he did when he let a few know when he would be arriving at Celtic Park so he could give a brief comment on Roy Keane. At that point Celtic were supremely confident Keane would be the new manager and were effectively making a soft announcement. By Monday though alarm bells were ringing and it was clear Keane had got cold feet.  Celtic are pretty unhappy that Martin O'Neill leaked the talks and I think there's no doubt he did this to amp up the pressure on Keane staying.

That's politics in football.

Peter Lawwell has been in Ireland and Austria in the last week but none have anything to do with the search for a new manager. One was a supporters function and one is a UEFA meeting and it's clear his involvement in the process is slightly less than he would like.

Dermot Desmond has spoken to a few people in the game regarding our new manager, Gary Lineker and Gordon Strachan are but two, but it is not known what came out of those "advice" talks. Owen Coyle's name continues to be bandied about, I think primarily because he is golfing buddy of Desmond, but he flew out to Tenerife after the Hibs v Hamilton game and has had no contact despite people close to him briefing otherwise. Ditto Jackie McNamara who is a keen spectator from the sidelines.

So where are we? It's difficult to say but we could have a new manager today as easily as we could wait another week. From a fans perspective I don't think many buy into the whole "We are taking time to get the right candidate" stuff purely because there are plenty good candidates out there who are dying to take the job.

After Keane declared his lack of interest, I just wonder whether eyes have turned to another big box office type like Henrik and perhaps a safe pair of hands as his no2.

That's just a hunch though.

As Paulie Walnuts always says "Nobody knows what the future holds, my friend"

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