When I first heard Michael Beale at his opening presser I knew I was going to call him The Mooch. The name comes from Anthony Scaramucci, who served briefly as Donald Trump’s head of communications but was brought down by his own big mouth. A series of calamitous interviews set the scene for the final one, where he forget the difference between off and on the record and slated colleagues and issued threats.
Beale’s press conferences are not quite as calamitous, but they are crazy and getting crazier. I have rarely heard one man contradict himself so much, reverse himself so often or say foolish things which the media allows him to get away with.
Some of the stuff that has come out of that man’s mouth has crossed the line into sheer fantasy, and yet through every bit of it the media has allowed him to do it.
Ange Postecoglou made some pointed comments about VAR and some of the Usual Suspects were squealing their outrage for a fortnight. Some of them still are, like the ludicrous Gary Keown. There is no way that a Celtic manager would get away with some of the stuff that has come out of The Mooch’s big gob. It is incredible that they tolerate it.
Today he was at it again, trying to spin the Champions League campaign which made them officially the worst team ever to play in the tournament into a net positive. That campaign should be un-spinnable; even Saatchi & Saatchi wouldn’t attempt it.
At the same time, he’s sitting in front of the press telling them that the team is in a good place but that it could “live without” Morelos (their current first pick striker) and Kent (their current first choice attacking midfielder) if it just so happens that they want to run down their deals and leave for free. Which he did at one point say wouldn’t happen.
He claims to have “clarity” on that and the media wrote it up as if he had offered the fans some. In fact what he said is “I know stuff I can’t tell you” and not a single outlet has even bothered to speculate on what that is or the possible implications.
Can you imagine that was Ange talking about Kyogo in the final year of his deal? Good God, they’d be having a field day. They’d be all over it.
Remember, this is the same pair The Mooch was “relaxed” about a few weeks ago when he said, bizarrely, that the club “held all the cards” although both players were able, at that point, to go away and talk to other teams and leave for free.
He’s claimed that league lead really only boils down to three points, in a show of utter contempt for all the other clubs. He keeps on denying that he was at the Aberdeen game when Van Bronckhorst was still in the role to lobby for his job, although there’s not a person in the country who actually believes a word of that. He’s said that Aberdeen were the third best team in the country, then did a full-tilt u-turn on that to praise Hearts.
This man is making talking garbage his stock-in-trade, and the media loves him. It is pathetic how easily they bow to every incumbent of the Blue Room.