Peter Lawwell’s decision to walk away from Celtic has temporarily taken the spotlight away from Neil Lennon and the long-awaited managerial review promised for the new year.
As his video apology for the Dubai trip highlighted Lawwell’s judgement and presentation skills are on the wane with a whole new set up outlined in the Daily Mail, a publication with a strong record for anticipating Celtic’s boardroom moves.
Tellingly at yesterday’s media conference Lennon mentioned that he hadn’t spoken with in-coming CEO Dominic Mackay. While he doesn’t take over until July there was no quick call of reassurance to the current manager that his place is secure.
Celtic have had a number of structures over the last 10 years with various titles given to John Park, Lee Congerton and Nicky Hammond but both Brendan Rodgers and Lennon made it clear that the ultimate power in transfer issues rested with the CEO.
Having an Accountant making football judgement calls has had at best mixed results but looking in on the Daily Mail report, the Daily Record outlines a very different set up that separates football from business.
The Daily Mail state that a behind the scenes review has already been completed with a plan in place on what must be implemented to modernize in the coming years. Current boss Neil Lennon revealed he hasn’t had contact with McKay and it’s believed a root and branch overhaul is on its way.
And that could include a Conger ton new head of football who would work alongside a head coach figure in the mould of former boss Brendan Rodgers. Their remit would include improving the current scouting set-up, trading players to maximise value and revamping the current academy set-up with a focus on the club’s long-term strategy.
It’s also claimed principal shareholder Dermot Desmond may be able to entice potential new managers more readily in the wake of Lawwell’s departure due to his formidable reputation.
The managerial review mentioned the new year rather than January but after 30 days it seems that Season Ticket holders remain on the outside trying to piece together what the club is trying to do. Last year the renewal campaign was launched on March 6.