NOW TOMMY'S A STRANGER IN PARADISE!; the ALLAN HERRON VERDICT and All Because McCann Wouldn't Back His Man
Herron, Allan, The People (London, England)
The failure of Celtic to mount a realistic challenge to Rangers and to reward their remarkable support - average home gate 48,335 - was, and is, down to the lack of understanding between the manager and owner.
Sure, players get the manager the sack, as everybody in football knows. If you don't produce the goods your job is on the line.
But in the case of Celtic, who began their revolution under Fergus McCann years behind Rangers had taken total control of our game, there has been an appalling lack of patience in the boardroom.
Tommy Burns must have listened intently to the words of Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson at a charity lunch in Glasgow this week.
Fergie revealed that the major part of his success as a manager in Aberdeen and at Old Trafford was because he had a solid rapport with his chairman.
"You simply cannot succeed unless you have that," he said.
He then added, by example, that Brian Clough had been seven years with Forest before he won anything.
Burns has never had a comfortable relationship with his chairman, which has deteriorated as Rangers move resolutely to their ninth domestic title in a row.
Burns arrived at Celtic Park from Kilmarnock with the job of building a winning team.
Across the river Walter Smith was given a Rangers winning team - with a modern stadium to go with it.
Most of all, he was given the solid support of chairman David Murray as he carefully maintained the successfull run originated by …
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Publication information: Article title: NOW TOMMY'S A STRANGER IN PARADISE!; the ALLAN HERRON VERDICT and All Because McCann Wouldn't Back His Man. Contributors: Herron, Allan - Author. Newspaper title: The People (London, England). Publication date: April 27, 1997. Page number: 46. © 2009 MGN LTD. COPYRIGHT 1997 Gale Group.
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