Following on from Mick Kane’s article yesterday in which he wrote about speaking to Japanese based journalist Dan Orlowitz about Celtic managerial target Ange Postecoglou it was interesting to get Australian based Celtic Fan, Jim Reilly’s take on Ange. Jim was born in Coatbridge and is the President of the Sydney City Supporters Club.
Some of our readers and listeners will have bumped into Jim in Las Vegas at the NAFCSC or in Pattaya at the LOSCSF. Jim also was our guest on episode 44 of the Celtic Soul Podcast and the man I can thank for introducing me to Lisbon Lion, Willie Wallace.
As always we try to get as many views as possible on the state of play at Celtic and most importantly through he eyes of the Celtic support so I asked Jim for his thoughts on Celtic’s latest managerial target who has spent the majority of his footballing life in Australian football.
“He’s a decent manager who won a few things in Australia, he won the Asian cup and got Australia to the 2018 World Cup but being a manager in Australia and Japan would be a cakewalk compared to the goldfish bowl of Glasgow and dealing with a media that is biased against Celtic”
The Celtic board dropped the ball with Eddie Howe who’s wife could not settle in Burnley so she was hardly going to go further North from her cosy life in the sunny south coast.
We all know the deal should have been signed sooner than the 10 weeks or so it dragged out for as we hung in there watching the team under perform week in week out. We all hoped that Eddie was secretly working behind the scenes with a new director of football to identify what players he wanted to bring in and who was staying from the current squad.
With no one officially in charge and with no reply to my emails to Celtic regarding who is in charge of all football matters at OUR club one can only presume that caretaker manager John Kennedy is involved with the suits in planning the upcoming pre-season, transfer targets and the upcoming tough Champions League qualification that is only around the corner and on top of that we don’t know what players are staying or going.
The state of play at Celtic is worrying to the vast majority of fans who are emotionally tied to the club for better or worse and deserve better from those running the club. I long to return to when I get to sit down and type something positive about OUR club but for now a dark cloud remains over the club we love.
Andrew Milne started More than 90 Minutes in 2001. He has written for numerous publications and online about Celtic. He is a former newspaper columnist with the Daily Ireland and the man behind celticfanzine.com. He is host of the Celtic Soul Podcast & Celtic AM pre-match events in Glasgow on match days and follows Celtic Home & Away. He is a season ticket holder for Celtic FC and the Republic of Ireland. He is also P.R.O. of St. Margaret’s CSC, a member of the Celtic Trust and the Celtic Graves Association.