David Webb, if he’s reading the Scottish media this afternoon (not that he will be; I’m sure that man has much better things to do with his time) will be astounded.
This morning he was quizzed, by Jim White, on alleged links with Celtic and asked if he’s had talks with the club about the job of Sporting Director, whatever that means and represents.
Webb said he had held no such talks. He was asked about the links. He said he knew of no actual links. It was as clear a denunciation of a media rumour as you will ever get. He left no room for ambiguity whatsoever.
Which is why he’ll be surprised to find that our media thinks he was coy or playing fast and loose.
White asked him straight out: “Have you held talks with Celtic?”
Webb replied: “No, not yet.”
That seems to be what the media is clinging to, the word “yet.” Which doesn’t mean that he ever will.
White continued: “I know your name has been linked with Celtic as a potential new sporting director, you’re aware of that.”
Webb said: “No, no, no.”
White then bizarrely said to, “You’ll fold under questioning.”
What sort of statement is that to make? The guy’s not folding. He is saying he’s unaware of the story and that he hasn’t had talks with us. Seems to me that he’s actually handled the questioning very well indeed. He won’t dismiss the idea out of hand, because you can’t do that if you harbour any ambitions of perhaps working for Celtic one day, but it’s not on the agenda.
The guy has closed door. “No honestly,” he said, “I’m not aware of it at all.”
The thing is, I am aware of it and most of us are because David Webb was linked with a job at Celtic.
The thing is, and this explains his answer, it was more than two years ago, back when we were still talking about appointing Eddie Howe as manager. This was based on their having worked together and knowing each other well.
Since Howe rejected the job, the links have largely died their natural death.
Not one single credible story linking Webb to our club has emerged since. Not one. It’s not even clear that Celtic is even looking, at this point, for a “sporting director” because let’s be honest, we don’t need one. The machine is working better than it ever has and all you’re doing at this point is messing with something that’s pretty near perfect already.
Ange spoke just the other day about the responsibility he bears in being the man in charge of the recruitment side.
He is the overseer of everything that happens on that end. His judgement thus far has been exceptional and until or unless that changes he doesn’t need someone standing over his shoulder and checking his work.
This guy is getting all A’s, so I can only presume that it’s this which bothers White and was behind his attempt to manufacture a story here.