It has now passed the 70 day mark since Neil Lennon was sacked by Celtic, and still the fans await a new manager with baited breath.
Some fans argue that this simply shows the sheer idiocracy of those in power at Celtic Park. They argue that the owners have let theRangers walk away with the title slowly but surely, alongside letting key players contracts run out; so why would they have the entrepreneurial nous to appoint a manager capable of changing that?
However, the glass half full crowd are awaiting the appointment as they feel the board are choosing the right moment to announce the new boss; the club don’t want to screw this decision up after last season’s mess, and patience is key.
Frank McAvennie is one of the glass half full crowd; in fact, the former Bhoys’ striker believes that the manager’s identity has been known for some time – they just didn’t want the job some way into the season as there had been nothing to play for, with man players leaving thereafter. Essentially, the new manager is to come in and pick the players he wants from the off-season; a decision which makes total sense all round.
“The new manager won’t want anything to do with this season. Now they can be announced because the Rangers game has gone. That’s the season over”, McAvennie told Football Insider.
“I don’t know for sure but it wouldn’t surprise me if there was an announcement before the end of the season, by Saturday of next week. There was no point in the new guy coming in because most of the players won’t be here soon.
That’s the season over.
“If he came in before, he’d be teaching those players for nothing. They won’t be here so what’s the point? The big games are out of the way now. They can announce it now and it won’t be associated with this season.”
A strong prediction from the ex-Celtic sharpshooter; let’s hope he is correct and that Howe announced soon.