Ange Postecoglou will be the manager of the year. If there is justice in the world, if there is sanity in the process, he will be a certainty. I think he’ll win it at a walk. But he won’t win it without opposition, which is even more guaranteed than his eventual success is.
How long, do you think, before the media are telling us that because he’s had money to spend – you might as well just say he’s been lucky – and that he’s at the biggest club that all he’s done is what you would have expected him to do?
It’s another way of downplaying our success and his immense impact not only on Celtic but our game.
As sure as night follows day though, that narrative is being spun somewhere in some news room.
The other candidates have performed admirably, for sure, but what Ange has done here has been exceptional, including his results against his opposite number. We’re on the brink of a treble, but managers at Celtic have won trebles before and not got the nod.
Brendan Rodgers didn’t win the manager of the year award in his second season at Parkhead despite making history by being the first boss here ever to win trebles back-to-back.
The sports writers gave their award to Steve Clarke when he was at Killie. He got it the next year as well although Lennon delivered our third treble. The PFA award in Rodgers second season went to Jack Ross, and they gave Clarke their gong for the 3Treble season.
So Ange would be right not to see this as a shoe-in, although the logic that a manager doesn’t automatically get it if he comes from a bigger team than other nominees was strangely tossed aside like garbage when Gerrard got it in spite of the nearly universal view that it should have gone to St Johnstone’s Callum Davidson, who unlike Clarke or Ross actually delivered two major trophies for an unfancied side. Amazing the double standards, right?
Last season Ange won both awards, but there was talk, a lot of it, that he shouldn’t.
Some of the Usual Suspects in the media were banging drums for other people, and I expect that they will be again for these candidates. You can set your watch to it.
Nevertheless, Ange must have unstoppable momentum behind him for this year, and there is no question at all that he deserves to win it, and whatever bizarre rationale some of these folk attempt in order to change that isn’t likely to mean much.
Still, they will try and that irritates me more than it probably should.
Because really, the only basis that have for it is the same one as ever; anyone but Celtic.
Due to the actions of a handful of people who can’t discuss things properly or civily in the comments, and due to a number of other individuals who continually try to post comments whilst banned from doing so, every comment is being put in moderation for a spell. All I can ask is that you guys be patient if your comment isn’t put up straight away. The objective is to make the comments a nicer place with more civilised discussions rather than letting a few halfwits hijack them for their own ends.