Celtic has today unveiled its new Head of Recruitment, a role that’s been vacant since the multi-tasking John Park left the club, but which wasn’t exactly causing any of us sleepless nights. The guy who’s got the job is Lee Congerton, who had been Sporting Director at Sunderland, and formerly held roles at the Welsh FA and Liverpool. He also worked as Head of Scouting at Chelsea for seven years and was the Technical Director at Hamburg.
Aside from all that, he also has a UEFA pro coaching licence.
Phew! No-one can say he’s not awesomely qualified.
He also knows Brendan, very well, and he seems particularly pleased to be at the club.
“I am delighted to be joining a club of Celtic’s stature,” he said. “it is a huge honour and I can’t wait to get started in making my contribution to such a fantastic institution … I am really looking forward to adding my experience … ensuring that we continue this high level of achievement.”
Hats off all round to the club for securing someone of this calibre. He will start work immediately, to help Brendan identify the right talents for the summer and beyond. It’s another brick in the wall for us, another step forward in building the club to the fullest.
It also shows up Sevco somewhat, because their own plans for the Grand Strategy are looking increasingly shabby, having hired a manager on the basis of a thirty minute chat, who’s yet to speak a word to the chairman but will play a crucial role in selecting his own boss, the much vaunted Director of Football, who was supposed to pick him.
Some clubs get it right. Others just can’t seem to manage it.
Everyone at Celtic wishes you well Lee.
Welcome to the biggest club in Scotland, and one of the biggest in the world.
(And we have the best squad too, in case you’ve been reading the papers up here.)