Over the weekend, the media got a brief thrill out of Karren Brady’s article in The Sun pouring honey on our manager Ange Postecoglou. It was widely trailed as an “official” confirmation that West Ham would be considering him should they need a new manager.
But of course, they have a manager right now; David Moyes.
And both he, and Celtic, should be pretty pissed off by what looks like the open courting of the guy who currently inhabits the Parkhead hot-seat. In particular, as Moyes has a Europa Conference League semi-final coming up, and was in preparations for a massive game against Manchester United in the league – which Moyes’ team won, virtually assuring their EPL survival.
It’s obvious that Brady’s giant ego has gotten the better of her here. Ange is not leaving Celtic for the job at West Ham. It would be a fool’s errand. That club is never going to be more than an EPL survivor; it says a lot that Moyes is regarded as their most successful manager in the modern era when the best he’s done is finish sixth.
But it’s equally obvious that no manager in his right mind would move to a club where its deputy chairman has so publicly undermined the guy presently in the role, especially when he is in the midst of trying to steer them to Premiership survival.
What goes through the minds of some of these people?
It was beyond reckless. It was quite mad. Some of the sports press in England have said so, with The Telegraph calling her article bizarre. That, actually, is the kind way to put it.
Moyes is fully entitled to ask for an explanation. So are Celtic.
But we are pretty secure. Moyes is not. He is the one whose job is on the line, and here is one of the people who will hold his future in her hands talking up other candidates.
It is contemptible behaviour, and Ange has already watched the club across town allow it to be done to their former boss, and his distaste for the man who played the starring role in that does not need to be guessed at.
There is no way he would willingly take on that role himself, and that might be the most shocking part of Brady’s article … how tin-eared it is, how little knowledge of the man she lauds that it reveals.
In advertising her respect for him in this callow, shabby fashion, she’s probably guaranteed that it’s never going to be mutual.