So much for the lure of Leeds, this “massive club” who are too good for just about any manager not currently in the Premier League to turn down. They targeted the West Brom manager and he said no. Their second target was Andoni Iraola the manager of Vallecano in Spain. Their CEO flew out to Madrid to talk to that guy and his reps a day ago.
And although the press initially reported that he was keen, the word from Spain is that he too is going to turn down the job. Both of those guys have reiterated their commitment to the clubs they are currently at, clubs which if you believe our hacks are much smaller than Leeds.
So, Celtic fans, we have another day of this nonsense to go at the very least. Ange now faces the prospect of having to answer daft questions about it on Friday at his press conference. There is a certain inevitability about this dragging on a while longer.
Not that it matters much. The minute Leeds has a new boss the circus will move on and the media will start speculating on which manager in England has his head on the chopping block next and why Ange would be a perfect fit. He will be linked with every job that is on offer in that league for as long as he is at Celtic Park. Or at least as long as he’s winning.
Think The Mooch will see speculation about his leaving every week? Even if he should actually win something? (More than the manager of the month anyway.) No, of course not. Although it should be remembered that when you are talking about his “integrity” you should start from the premise that he actually doesn’t have any of that in the first place.
We should brace ourselves for more of this nonsense when it comes to the big guy though, because for us this is it for the foreseeable. Leeds will appoint someone soon, and when they do some of our fans will breathe a sigh of relief … but it won’t last because the hacks are intent on making mischief here and they won’t be satisfied until they do.