Opinion: Management Mismanagement, worse that the Mo Johnston Debacle

Just when we thought it couldn’t get any worse, we’ve been led up the garden path. Whatever spin both parties put in this, it looks terrible for both of them.

Eddie Howe will no doubt secure a job where mid-table mediocrity is considered success. But where do we go from here?

Photo: Andrew Milligan

What message does this send to managerial candidates and potential signings? Now if they had told us there’s a chance we could have had Benitez or Mourinho, maybe someone of that stature we could have understood it.

But to let this man use them, keep them hanging on for THREE months beggars belief. To not get something in paper when initial talks and personal terms agreed smacks of gross mismanagement.

It’s no surprise the fans are furious with these developments. Whoever comes in will have a hell of a fight to win over sceptical supporters.

The board will have to back the team like never before to repair the damage they’ve inflicted on the club and the yawning chasm between the board room and the stands.

Photo: Mike Egerton

We already faced a monumental rebuild this coming season, now due to recent developments it’s one of epic proportions.

I remember attending the inaugural Celtic festival in 2019 at the SEC and thinking how professional it looked, we’d maximised our fanbase and revenue streams. On the park we were steam rolling everyone in front of us domestically, everything in the garden was rosy.

Two short years later we are the new laughing stock of Scottish football.

Desmond, Lawwell, and Lennon must bear the full weight of responsibility for a collapse and fall from grace of almost surreal proportions.

God knows how long it’ll take us to recover from this, remember the Mo Johnston debacle? This is as bad if not worse considering the man who’s done this was for ultimately the most important position at any football club. I hope I’m wrong.

Let’s hope the current incumbents can repair this damage before we spend another ten years in the wilderness.

David Early

About Author

The Celtic Star founder and editor, who has edited numerous Celtic books over the past decade or so including several from Lisbon Lions, Willie Wallace, Tommy Gemmell and Jim Craig. Earliest Celtic memories include a win over East Fife at Celtic Park and the 4-1 League Cup loss to Partick Thistle as a 6 year old. Best game? Easy 4-2, 1979 when Ten Men Won the League. Email editor@thecelticstar.co.uk


  1. Jim Kearney on

    The thirty pieces of silver deal was underhand at the very least and concocted up by his then agent McMurdo and his buddy Souness as a bit of one upmanship Mr stein used to say let them have the back page as we will be on the front.Mr Thirty pieces was foolish enough to fall into the trap set up by his agent.Yes we ended up with egg on our faces but in the end we were triumphant.

  2. Desmond will be raging, made to look a fool. Lawwell will be squirming, desperate to leave as he realises his naivety has cost us big bucks. Desmond should consider a board overhaul though. He has McKay and hopefully Harkin, two guys who are not tarred with the previous legacy. You couldn’t make it up