Over the weekend, another Scottish manager fell by the wayside. Sadly, it was not Derek McInnes, although we came very close I think to making sure that it was.
Callum Davidson can feel somewhat aggrieved.
That man did something no manager outside of Celtic Park has done in this country for a very long time. And what was his reward for it? Savage budget cuts and having to do more with less.
I always liked him. I hope he goes on to do something big somewhere else.
Quite what St Johnstone hope for in a new manager isn’t clear.
There’s not really enough of the season left to do something stirring, but there’s just enough of it left to get themselves into trouble, which as a team which right now is without a manager is more than just a possibility. As it stands they are five from the bottom. That’s not nearly enough to feel safe enough from aftershocks from the major upheaval. I wonder if they’ll regret it.
When we went four up yesterday within 30 minutes of the start, I know that Derek McInnes wondered if he’d survive the day. So many SPL bosses have fallen in this campaign that you never know who is next.
Only one is truly safe; Ange.
Which makes me laugh.
He’s currently the third longest serving manager in the top flight.
Not bad for a guy who was supposed to be “gone by Christmas.” Our media was quite bold in making that prediction back when he had lost three of his first six games in charge … but look at what has happened since then.
When we lost that day at Livingston the press was quick to tell us we hadn’t won an away league fixture in seven months. Fast forward to where we are now. That was to be our last defeat in the league until St Mirren this season … and we’ve not lost since that. So from losing three in our first six to losing just once in all that time since … remarkable.
No-one would have predicted it. Nobody did.
The media was writing Ange’s obituary.
Since then though two managerial teams have departed Ibrox. There has been anarchy at Aberdeen. Horror at Hibs and Hearts. Mayhem at Motherwell … I could go on, but you get the drift. A lot of blood on a lot of walls, and McInnes lucky to have avoided it on the day when Callum Davidson got his tap on the shoulder and told to walk to the exit.
The chances are that a few more will go before the season ends.
Don’t be surprised if McInnes joins the list of sackings.
I still half expect Lee Johnson to follow before the season ends and if Malky Mackay avoids it it’ll be a minor miracle.
If he goes it would leave only David Martindale in post longer than the Celtic manager.
Ange Postecoglou, in the meantime, is on the brink of shattering records which no-one thought would ever be beaten.
What a triumph it will be if he does it.