Celtic’s Board And The Case Against Dominic McKay.


Out With The Old Plan …. But Not In With The New One?

One of things that looms largest when you look proof that Dominic McKay was overmatched in the job is that we’re now in September and some of the changes that were supposed to be more or less coming since still haven’t gone through.

We still have no head of scouting. No club doctor. No director of football.

The latter is the most maddening, and puzzling, because we spent real money on a major consultation process and we actually interviewed three outstanding candidates.

Yet the position remains empty.

The job is unfilled.

We no longer even know if hiring a is part of the club’s long term plan, if such exists.

It is a pretty safe bet that the delays in this area are down to Dominic McKay.

Everything was proceeding apace nicely up until his appointment. Whatever plan existed was obviously chucked in the bin the moment he assumed the full responsibilities of his post. But what’s less clear is that he had a plan to replace the one he junked.

There is probably not a company in the world whose directors would have watched the CEO make such a radical series of handbrake turns on major issues of policy without feeling squeamish.

Almost all would have been willing to accept on one condition; that the key decisions about how to proceed were made quickly and that signs of life were obvious to all.

Three months isn’t a long time to put a new plan together, but you have to then wonder if it was entirely rational and sensible to throw the entirety of the old way aside just days into the job without having at least the outline of a fresh strategy.

There is an element, when you look at it, of throwing the baby out with the bathwater and that, perhaps, was the first moment when the board began to have doubts.

McKay was obviously going to make these key decisions at some point … but if the board got fed up waiting and began to doubt that he ever would, you could understand why they called time on it.

And this isn’t the only area where they might have had cause concern.

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  • John says:

    James, as I have said in a previous article on this subject it is dangerous to assume that the problem is all on one side.These situations are rarely black and white. Sure the board made some catastrophic decisions last season. Dubai and not removing Lennon after Champions League fiasco but we have now moved on with an absolute first class manager in Ange.I would urge all the malcontents who have Peter Lawell and the board living in their heads to get behind Ange and the team. I am old enough to have lived through the pre Lisbon Lions days of the early sixties and Lou Macari days of the ninetiesBeleive me this is nothing in comparison.10 in a row is gone now so we need to get over it and move. HH

  • Jim says:

    The Board cannot be allowed to get away with this.
    Why are they appointing a man who has ” no idea about all this football stuff ” ??
    What kind of Due Diligence and discussion took place, for goodness sake ? The same due diligence as when Lennon was appointed, and all other C.V’s from around the world weren’t even looked at ???
    For such a vitally important Appointment to fail after 72 days, the blame lies squarely with those who chose him and the process they undertook to do so.

  • Bigchunkylardass says:

    If what you put forward is largely true – it then circles back [(c) jen Psaki] to the board and how on earth they were so clueless about these deficiencies before hiring him, and so, even the case for the boards defence damns them too….


  • John says:

    Wonder if the people who lambasted the board for leaving Lennon in his post way too long are the same people lambasting the board for removing McKay quickly if, indeed it is true that he wasn’t up to the job? Just a thought. Damned if you do. Damned if you don’t. HH

  • The Great God Pan says:

    I don’t believe this at all.
    I believe that Dominic McKay was trying to involve the fans more and this would be a frightening prospect for the board members and for Dermot Desmond.
    McKay was a Celtic fan and would NOT have been clueless about matters football.
    He is certainly well respected in Rugby circles and turned Scottish Rugby around.
    Could it be that the board may have realised what a talent they had and perhaps.some began to feel threatened?
    It is just another possibility in the context of an alarmingly lack of information from the club.

  • Hamoflage says:

    So best case scenario for the board is that after the shit show of last season they managed to appoint a CEO who was so catastrophically bad that he had to go after 2 months. Lawwell was crap and got 17 years, Lennon was disastrous and got appointed twice, doesn’t stack up for me unless McKay shat in Dermot’s pocket and then tried to burn the stadium down.

  • Marcus says:

    A great article James. I had never seen the Desmond and Strachan interventions for what they were, or at least seem to be now in hindsight. Lots of interesting points made, thanks.

  • Iljas Baker says:

    Thanks for the analysis James and for challenging yourself and us – that’s the reason why this is the best blog around. Your points were well put and have made me more open to reconsidering my previous position. It all sounds reasonable and plausible and doesn’t entirely let the board off the hook. Time will tell no doubt.

  • Peter cassidy says:

    This celtic board and Desmond i would not belive a word they say as for mckay not up to the job give us a break new manager in new players in surplus money in the kitty after selling and buying progressing total bull$hit from the board football business not the hardest business to run when you have massive fan support like celtic maybe mackay to clever for some.

  • kirikocho blazes says:

    All that stands between Desmond and total disaster is the Manager. If he were to lose his nerve because of the pressure that Desmond has placed upon him, the whole £hitshow would collapse around Desmond’s ears. Desmond runs the Club like we’re all aircraft passengers.

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