A report in The Sun claims that Dermot Desmond has been blind-sided by Ange Postecoglou’s interest in taking three members of his coaching staff to Spurs.
Desmond was pictured at the entrance to Celtic Park a couple of weeks ago alongside Postecoglou in an image that appeared almost out of nowhere on social media.
The Irish businessman is Celtic’s biggest individual shareholder, is a non-executive director trusting the day-to-day running of the club to Michael Nicholson and Peter Lawwell.
Nicholson has kept an incredibly low profile during his 21 months as CEO after stepping in when Dominic Mackay’s brief reign came to an end.
Lawwell has returned to the limelight since being appointed chairman in January, being pictured laughing and joking with Postecoglou at a recent SFA Youth Cup Final.
Writing in The Sun, Derek McGregor claims:
But his plan to raid the champions’ backroom staff blind-sided Desmond, chairman Peter Lawwell and chief executive Michael Nicholson who are unhappy with the idea also of losing key backroom personnel.
They will thrash out a seven-figure compensation deal with Levy for Postecoglou and while deeply disappointed to be losing their hugely successful manager after two years of stunning glory, they also understand his desire to grab the challenge offered by Spurs.
However, they are finding it hard to stomach the 57-year-old’s wish to raid the club’s key coaching staff and it’s believed they’ve made clear to Kennedy they DON’T want him leaving.
If Desmond has been left blind-sided it seems that Nicholson and Lawwell have been found wanting in their management of the club.