Last night, at around half past nine, Alan Nixon, who for reasons passing understanding is someone regarded as “in the know” by a lot of our fans although he writes for a rag most of us wouldn’t pick up with radiation proof gloves on, posted a baseless piece of absolute trash which targeted our manager.
He used Ange for cheap hits and an easy headline.
This complete non-story was about the Ukrainian striker Andrey Shevchenko and how he wants a move into club management in the UK.
This apparently has “put clubs on red alert.”
Stupid clubs, that they would take a punt on a guy who’s never managed a club team and who’s record as Ukraine boss was a 48%-win record.
This is not journalism as much it resembles a PR piece on behalf of a client. Perhaps that’s not terribly far from the truth.
What’s certain is that he threw Celtic’s name into the story, and hinted that we “could” be tempted “if” Ange isn’t seen to be getting it done. This is the kind of gutless wonder stuff that real journalists are told never to put in their stories, far less build one on.
In short, it is fifth rate blogger stuff, not a story that belongs in a national title and certainly not something to take seriously.
There is not a single quote from a source in there.
No suggestion that our board is unhappy with Ange far less that we’re looking for replacement candidates.
Nothing to suggest that Shevchenko would tick any of the boxes even if we were.
It reeks. It’s pure bullshit, with not a single important fact in it.
I cannot remember reading anything so vacuous and empty; the average shopping list is weightier and more worthy of our time and consideration. To think Celtic lets this guy into the stadium whilst he writes dreck like this, using our club’s name for his own ends.
It’s the kind of article that makes me wish sometimes that we had the balls to adopt a policy like the one across the road.