I said after the Leeds game on Saturday , that I wouldn’t be surprised if Gordon Strachan was sacked before Monday.
I wasnt wrong.
Gordon Strachans departure was inevitable.
After a year in charge, we had not improved one iota, football was average, away results were abysmal,worst league position in 20 years and he still doesn’t know his best team.
In wasn’t just on the field that Strachan let himself down, off the field during post match interviews, he became an embarrassment to himself, the club and the fans.
He was arrogant, obnoxious, sarcastic, cutting and rude. He came across to me like a man who was on the boarderline of insanity.
With the club 2 points off the relegation zone and the home fans chanting ‘Strachan out’ chairman Steve Gibson was under severe pressure.The only way he could relieve this pressure from himself and the club was to part company with the manager.
The chairman was quoted as saying after the departure, ‘Gordon is a great man of great integrity, he has torn up his contract and walked away without compensation, because he felt it was in the best interests of this football club.’
The question must be asked, if Strachan had not ripped up his contract, how long would it have taken us to sack him?
I personally think that there has been an agreement and settlement behind the scenes.
I don’t believe for a minute anyone would walk away from a 2 and a half year contract.
On Sky Tv Steve Gibson was quote as saying,’ He tore his contract up, but I wouldn’t say resigned.’ What does this actually mean?
With Strachan pulling out of the press conference yesterday morning and Steve Gibson, going on a radio show that was organised over a week ago and with the manager departing on this day, suggests to me it was pre- planned in advance.
Who is next for the hot seat?
The names been branded about, are Mowbray, Souness, Curbishley, Brown, Oneil, Keegan, Ince to name but a few.
I personally would choose between Middlesbrough past greats, Mogga and Graeme Souness.
Both know the area, both know the mindset of the public, both have experience and both would put bums on seats.
As far as I know, Mogga hasn’t been given compensation from Celtic yet. That could put him out of the reckoning.
Souness on the other hand, has no ties except for his media duties.