An audio clip circulating on WhatsApp is causing great concern among Celtic fans as they search for reasons into Dom McKay’s departure after just 72 days as CEO. Apparently it was the job that he had always coveted.
Around 5pm on Friday Celtic announced that their CEO was leaving due to personal reasons. Almost instantly the guessing game began into what had happened behind the scenes with just token reference made to personal reasons.
Overnight three former Celtic View reporters were sharing the ‘inside track’ that McKay wasn’t upto the job with the club taking decisive action by offering him an escape. Leaking that version might have confirmed some of McKay’s suspicions about the way the Celtic hierarchy operates.
A more likely scenario was that the board of directors, plus the biggest individual shareholder were concerned by plans to modernise.
After more than a decade living off their Old Firm business model the thought of transforming the club towards a European model wouldn’t have made comfortable reading in a boardroom where Sharon Brown in 2016 was the last new face invited on board.
With a Remuneration Committee all aged over 70 Brian Wilson, Ian Bankier and Tom Allison are getting on a bit to embrace modern thinking in terms of player recruitment and development alongside things such as data and performance analysis.
The audio clip gives some background on that. Faced with the most significant transfer window since 2000 when Martin O’Neill sent the wage bill soaring, McKay has come out of the window with a transfer surplus and fans back on board under a progressive manager playing attractive football.
It seems that the outsider had a grasp of the problems and an idea over the solutions, it also seems that the old guard didn’t fancy the route McKay was mapping out.
There is no way of proving whose voice is on the audio clip, there are some very creative minds out there in social media but the 2 minutes and 7 second clip does seem very well informed.
Further comment or another statement from Celtic is unlikely but all the signs suggest that acting CEO Michael Nicholson could well be in post for more than McKay’s 72 days.
So the Charlie Mulgrew video ????? it’s not him ffs . A daft voice note to someone who’ll remain nameless old man has went viral .
Source caller – he’s a family member ??????? he even received it back . Wait till ye hear this shocker mate .. ya fud that’s me ???
— Dubai Hoops CSC (@DubaiHoopsCSC) September 12, 2021
Is that Charlie mulgrew voiceclip about dom McKay legit? Surely he wouldn’t put himself in a position to have it bounce around WhatsApp
— ?? Super Kev-ario ?? ?? (@officialkappa99) September 12, 2021
Somebody telling a story but wasn’t Charlie mulgrew anybody could sit and make a story and record
— barry carty (@bazacarty) September 12, 2021
Just heard voice clip apparently Charlie mulgrew saying everything had to run by DD and he wasn’t happy about the amount of money we spent on players
— Christopher ???????? (@chrissy872) September 12, 2021
Just heard a voice message apparently from Charlie Mulgrew telling a story of what supposedly happened.
— Patrick S Murphy (@PatrickSMurphy4) September 12, 2021
Surely that “Charlie Mulgrew” voice note can’t be real
— PJ ????????? (@PJ_1888) September 12, 2021