If Spurs really are confident of appointing Ange Postecoglou manager shortly after the cup final, then they could have done that quietly and under the radar. They could have made their decision, and then sat on it a while.
Instead, they leaked it. They made sure it’s all everyone is talking about this weekend.
I find all of this a little bit distasteful, and that’s putting it mildly.
What makes me laugh is the spin coming out of London, they are waiting until after the cup final “out of respect” and “so as not to disrupt our preparations.”
But if this is as far along as some people seem to think then the preparations have already been compromised and their “respect” is actually the opposite and their so-called “public silence”, whilst leaking to the press what their intentions are, is an insult to our collective intelligence.
Look, there’s no nice way to put this, but Spurs have acted in a predatory fashion and have no scruples whatsoever. All the attempts to dress this up as the result of a thoughtful process are not to be taken seriously by any except the most gullible Scottish hack.
Their own fans are not convinced in the slightest.
They’ve gone from courting some of the biggest names in Europe to moving for a guy coaching in the SPFL.
I think that perspective is slightly colour blind and arrogant, but I understand what it looks like because we’ve been there. Our excuse was that we had been let down by a guy who we thought was in the bag. They’ve been rejected by half the top coaches in Europe, and just saw their city rivals take the guy the fans really wanted.
Spurs have already suffered epic humiliation several times in this process.
It makes me wonder if talks haven’t been had already at some level or other? Ange flatly denied that yesterday. The only other explanation is that they are every bit as shambolic a mess as they look from the outside, run by people without a clue.
Which do you find most likely?
Let’s try that again; which of those scenarios is there ample evidence for?
Spurs have acted in a completely unprofessional manner here. I cannot stomach being told blatant lies by people about how this has all been respectful of Celtic and how this was done in such a way that it didn’t cast a shadow over our big day. If they had an iota of respect they would have handled this in a much better fashion.
Spurs can spare us the fake piety.
Whether they make a move here or not they have made sure their media contacts are well briefed, and I don’t care whether they make a serious offer or if this is kite-flying to gauge the reaction of their own fans.
Either way, it’s pretty reprehensible.
It’s typical of the way Daniel Levy behaves, but in more general terms it’s a symptom of a malaise that affects all of football.
Do not let it be forgotten, no matter what happens, that Celtic gave Ange Postecoglou his crack at Europe, his place in the big spotlight, and backed him to an extent no other manager in our history has been supported.
Whatever the outcome here, our club has acted with the utmost professionalism and respect … not everyone involved can say the same, and I include our media in that, because they spent yesterday gleeful at the prospect of casting a shadow over our weekend. There cannot be a cup final manager ever who got so few questions about the cup final his team are about to play.
So I don’t want to hear any more phony bullshit from anyone involved in this.
After the final we’ll see how the land lies.
In spite of this torrent of nonsense, our club deserves that day and we’re damned sure going to have it.
Some clubs – like Spurs – don’t get to celebrate trebles (or trophies, for that matter) and so I can sort of understand where their attitude towards this one comes from … and you know what? They shouldn’t count on finding out in the foreseeable future, no matter who they get to pose with Daniel Levy’s hand up his arse.