Doctor Who? lands in Paradise
Finally Celtic have appointed a head coach after weeks of chasing
such names as Swedan's Tommy Svensson to Norway's Olsen and
Frances Phillippe Troussier, all of whom, apparantly, showed
little interest in joining Celtic.
McCann and Brown's antics are obviously well-known in the
footballing world. Jock Brown insisted on Tuesday he never
apporoached French coach Houllier, and he was never offered the
job of coach. Brown has said he is ``personally hurt'' by the
criticism of fans. Maybe you should get the hell out, Jock!
yway, four weeks to the start of the season and they've finally
persuaded Jozef Venglos to come to the club. Recent training
sessions have been headed by a Rab Thompson, a sports sales rep.
Celtic have gone from Rab Who? to Doctor Who?
62-year-old Dr Jozef Venglos has Celtic fans wondering just who
is the man McCann and Brown have appointed to succeed Wim Jansen.
Venglos was a player with Slovan Bratislava, began his coaching
career as Australian national coach, moved to his playing club
were he won the league twice, then went on the lead
Czechoslovakia to the European Championship title in 1976,
defeating West Germany. He's held various posts with FIFA and
other clubs since, leading Czechoslovakia to the quarter finals
again in 1990. It is his recent record Celtic fans will be
putting under scrutiny. Venglos was manager of Aston Villa in
1990-'91. He was described then as the man who cared too much.
Aston Villa finished 17th in the old First Division. I suppose
consternation abounded when Wim Jansen was appointed last season,
so we'll just have to wait and see and give him a chance to prove
On the ongoing power struggle Brian Dempsey has used the internet
to vet his anger at McCann and Co. His comments on McCann
included: ``It was a mistake [McCann coming to the club] The
simple fact is that he changed and it became increasingly clear
that his God was money.'' On McCann's Bhoys Against Bigotry
Campaign he said: ``It was the PR stunt of PR stunts to appeal to
the stock market in London and show that Celtic was not an Irish
Catholic club. I am against that... That doesn't mean to say I am
a bigot or intolerant.''
Derry and Donegal didn't serve up the most interesting or
thrilling of matches at Clones during the Ulster Football Final.
There was little to excite during the game, until injury time
when Joe Brolly cropped up to steal the game, of which a draw
seemed the fairest of outcomes. Donegal folk can certainly feel
Galway's victory was a much more entertaining affair, played in
terrible conditions. Galway's litany of wides didn't help them
repell the Roscommon onslaught of the second half and can count
themselves lucky to have lived to fight another day, especially
after some of the referee's decision not going in their favour.
Kildare were another team which failed to ignite, with Laois
looking very capable of beating the Lily whites. Two goals in the
second half however saw off the challenge of the Laois men and
Kildare go into the Leinster Final against the Meathmen.
BY CIARAN HEAPHEY