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Books - The McCann Years: The Inside Story of Celtic's Revolution
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DetailsTitle: Alan Caldwell
Author: The McCann Years: The Inside Story of Celtic's Revolution
Published: 2 Dec 1999
Companion volume to "Sack the Board" covering the takeover and McCann's 7 year rebuild.
When Fergus McCann rescued Celtic Park from the brink of bankruptcy, he was hailed as a savior, but he never won the fans' affection. This book aims to reveal another side of McCann, exploring bitter confrontations with the other managers and his mysterious past.
If you're looking for an objective view on McCann's reign at Celtic, you may not initially feel the book is for you as the author's agenda is to highlight the negatives surrounding his five year tenure. At time the spin would do a politician proud and it is kind to say that it is at best mischievous. For example, references to the booing McCann received when unfurling the league flag in 1998 suggest the whole ground turned against him. I was there and can confirm this was definitely not the case. While vocal, the majority of those attending were not involved and it was by no means a precedent for future successes or in fact for those before.
The various parties providing comment all have an axe to grind with McCann and while it's interesting to hear their side and gain an insight to events of the time; their remarks are by no means balanced. They range from ostracised director's vanquished opponents and most bizarrely David Murray, the Rangers chairman, their closest and most fierce rivals. Furthermore, one a number of occasions the author makes reference to McCann saying he was only looking to make 10% on his investment rather than the windfall he eventually received. In contrast to the remainder of the book, such quotes are without source and something I have no recollection of either before or during McCann's period in charge.
In most cases, reading a book of this nature some eight years after its publication may be a significant drawback. However, hindsight allows a distinct perspective on the author's approach and McCann's legacy. Not only did McCann fulfill all the promises he made on taking control of the club, he provided a foundation for both the fiscal and soccer success to follow. His refusal to entertain approaches to buy his shareholding were visionary in avoiding Celtic becoming tied to venture capitol funding and the ensuing pressure for short term financial returns. More importantly he had no desire to be involved with Dalglish, which was almost prophetic.
In line with McCann's wishes, Celtic are predominantly owned by smaller individual shareholders, thereby ensuring they are not open to the megalomaniac whims of a chairman drunk on power. This ensures there is little chance of the club developing an unmanageable debt as the afore mentioned David Murray allowed.
I appreciate McCann may not have been the most likeable of characters, but he was able to deliver in a results driven business. Notwithstanding the above, the book is a fairly quick and easy read with hindsight allowing the last laugh against the author.
- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Mainstream Publishing (2 Dec 1999)
- Language English
- ISBN-10: 184018115X
- ISBN-13: 978-1840181159
- Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 15.4 x 1.8 cm
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