June 7,2014(ISN) – RONNY Deila has become the 17th man to manage Celtic on a full-time basis since the club was founded back in 1887.
The Norwegian joins an elite band who have taken the hot seat at Celtic Park and, well aware of the history of the club, the highly-rated manager is determined to bring further success to the club.
On the day of his appointment as Celtic manager, we take a look at his 16 predecessors, starting with the legendary Willie Maley
WILLIE MALEY (1897-1940)
Willie Maley was Celtic’s first ever manager. A talented and influential half-back, he had been there from the very beginning, playing in the club’s inaugural match, a 5-2 thumping of Rangers. After his playing career ended nine years later, he was appointed secretary-manager of the Hoops at the age of 29, taking over team duties which had been previously carried out by a committee. It was an astute decision. If Celtic’s seeds had sprouted in the garden of Scottish football, Maley ensured they flourished into something colossal as he made the club one of the dominant forces in the domestic game. A shrewd spotter of talent, he remained in his post for a staggering 43 years, creating some of the finest Celtic teams to grace the field and guiding the team to an incredible 30 first-class trophies. That’s a record unlikely to be ever matched.
Honours: League Championships (16), Scottish Cups (14)
JIMMY McSTAY (1940-45)
A devoted servant to Celtic, Jimmy McStay spent the best part of two decades with the Hoops as a dependable and inspirational defender, making over 400 appearances in the process. However, his tenure would be during the war years of 1940-45, a period when Scottish football suffered huge disruption. If that wasn’t enough for McStay, he had to contend with increased boardroom interference, which he never managed to quell. Inevitably, the result was stagnation with little tangible success. It would be a recurring theme for the next 20 years.
Honours: None (as normal competitions were suspended during war-time)
JIMMY McGRORY (1945-1965)
With his incredible goalscoring record, Jimmy McGrory was considered the greatest ever Celtic player before he took over the managerial reins from Jimmy McStay in 1945. But McGrory’s success off the park didn’t mirror his exploits on it. Sure, there were some triumphs – the Coronation Cup win in 1953, the League and Scottish Cup double in 1954 and the 7-1 humiliation of Rangers in the league Cup final at Hampden in 1957 are all momentous occasions in the club’s history – but generally it was a period of massive under-achievement. This was mainly due the continual meddling in team affairs by the board, which effectively relegated McGrory into a peripheral role. That situation would only change when Jock Stein took over.
Honours: The Coronation Cup (1) League Championship (1), Scottish Cup (2), League Cup (2).
JOCK STEIN (1965-1978)
Jock Stein was the greatest manager in Celtic’s history, and one of the finest in the history of the game. A football visionary, his achievements at the club are the stuff of legend. In the space of two years, he transformed a side lacking direction and struggling to challenge for honours in Scotland into the best team in Europe, whilst playing an attractive, adventurous brand of football – all with players born within 30 miles of Glasgow. Along with that European Cup victory in Lisbon, notably, he also guided the Hoops to a record-breaking nine league championships in a row. It was a glorious reign of unparalleled success. There have been many Hoops’ heroes throughout the club’s existence but Stein’s name stands above all others. In March 2011, a statue of the great man holding the European Cup was unveiled at the entrance to Celtic Park. As Bill Shankly famously said to Stein in the aftermath of the Lisbon triumph: ‘John, you’re immortal now.’
Honours: European Cup (1), League Championship (10), Scottish Cup (8), League Cup (6)
BILLY McNEILL (1978-81) (1987-91)
When the time came to select a successor to the legendary figure of Jock Stein, his leader on the pitch, Billy McNeill, seemed the natural choice. Cesar, who had retired after a glorious career three years earlier, had already enjoyed shorts stints in charge at Clyde and Aberdeen. He swiftly brought success back to Paradise in his first season, with the league title delivered dramatically as the 10 men of Celtic beat Rangers 4-2 in their final fixture of the campaign. McNeill managed to win another four trophies, before leaving to take over as Manchester City boss in 1983. He returned to the club he loved four years later, though, just in time for the fairytale centenary season as the Hoops claimed the league and cup double. Success would be in short supply after that, however, with Celtic unable to match Rangers’ financial clout and McNeill departed the hot seat for the final time in 1991.
Honours: League Championship (4), Scottish Cup (3), League Cup (1)
DAVIE HAY (1983-87)
Davie Hay was only 35-years-old when he succeeded McNeill. With only a short but successful stint at Motherwell on his managerial CV, the Celtic great didn’t have huge experience either. However, he set about his task with vigour and was extremely unfortunate not win at least one piece of silverware in his first season at the helm as the Hoops finished as runners-up in every competition. Trophies eventually arrived with the Scottish Cup victory in 1985 and the memorable last day League Championship triumph at Love Street in the following season. With players such as Paul McStay and Brian McClair, Hay had constructed a team with plenty of talent, particularly in the attacking department. However, after failing to land any prizes in his fourth campaign, he was dismissed.
Honours: League Championship (1) Scottish Cup (1)
LIAM BRADY (1991-93)
Liam Brady became the first Celtic boss to take charge without having previously played for the club and his inexperience proved costly over his three seasons. It wasn’t a good start for Brady who suffered one of the worst European defeats in the club’s history, going down 5-1 to Swiss minnows Neutchatel Xamax. There was also a sloppy defeat on the final day of the season which saw the Hoops drop to third place in the league. He did bring Tom Boyd to the club in 1992, but Celtic failed to close the gap on Rangers or reach any cup finals. His third season did not bode any better and Brady became the first Hoops manager to tender his resignation entirely of his own volition.
LOU MACARI (1993-1994)
After many years of management in the English lower leagues, Lou Macari attempted to stamp a similar style of football on Celtic when he arrived in October 1993. He won his first Glasgow derby, 2-1, three days after his appointment, but results failed to remain positive. A 4-2 defeat at New Year to Rangers, after trailing 3-0 did nothing to boost morale during a difficult time in the club’s history. Macari was in charge when the takeover occurred, but his relationship with new owner Fergus McCann did not last long. Just three months later he was dismissed.
TOMMY BURNS (1994-1997)
Tommy Burns was more than just a footballer. He was also a manager and a coach during his lifetime, but more importantly he also personified everything good about Celtic Football Club. When he was appointed manager in 1995 it was during a period of domestic dominance by Rangers, but he began to restore pride at Celtic Park and got his team playing exciting and attractive football. Celtic won their first trophy for six years under him when they lifted the Scottish Cup in 1995, beating Airdrie 1-0 in the final. It was to be the only silverware Burns would lift as the Celtic manager, though, despite an outstanding second season in charge. The Hoops only lost one league game, but they still finished second. In 1997, after finishing second again, he was sacked by Fergus McCann. He would later return to the club he loved, however, and was first-team coach alongside as part of Gordon Strachan’s coaching team when they won three league titles in a row. Sadly, Tommy Burns didn’t live to see the third of those triumphs. He passed away on May 15, 2008 at the age of just 51.
Honours: Scottish Cup (1)
WIM JANSEN (1997-1998)
Few are likely to remember Wim Jansen’s poor start to his managerial career at Celtic because of the success he went on to achieve. He was the man responsible for bringing Henrik Larsson to the club and won the club’s first League Cup in 15 years, but even more importantly, he led Celtic to one of the most important titles in their history stopping Rangers’ bid for 10-in-a-row. Celtic’s League Cup success when they beat Dundee United 3-0 in the final, coupled with the 2-0 New Year derby victory, boosted the team’s confidence. The campaign ended in glory for the Hoops as they beat St Johnstone 2-0 on the final day of the season, but Jansen stunned the club when he quit in the immediate aftermath of that triumph.
Honours: League Championship (1), League Cup (1)
DR JOSEF VENGLOS (1998-1999)
The arrival of ‘Dr Jo’ was a surprise, not only because the departure of Wim Jansen had been so unexpected, but because the Slovak was also a relatively unknown name. Failing to qualify for the UEFA Champions League and dropping out of the UEFA Cup put massive pressure on Venglos’ shoulders, but a 5-1 thumping of Rangers in November gave him some much needed breathing space. With signings like Lubo Moravcik and Johan Mjallby beginning to show their worth, the fans got behind the manager and fortunes looked to be changing. But the damage had already been done at the start of the season and it was always going to be difficult to claw back the deficit. Their one remaining hope of success lay with the Scottish Cup but a disappointing performance in the final meant the Hoops ended the season with no silverware and Venglos eventually moved on.
JOHN BARNES (1999-2000)
Kenny Dalglish’s ‘Dream Team’ didn’t last as long as he had hoped. The Celtic legendtook over as Director of Football and appointed the former England star John Barnes as manager. Hampered by the loss of Henrik Larsson who suffered a horrific leg break in the UEFA Cup, Celtic began to drop crucial points in the league. The third round Scottish Cup defeat at home to Inverness Caledonian Thistle killed off any hopes of Barnes turning Celtic’s fortunes around and Barnes’ was subsequently dismissed the following day. Dalglish assumed a caretaker manager role, and helped the club win the League Cup that season.
MARTIN O’NEILL (2000-2005)
Celtic’s most influential manager since Jock Stein announced his arrival in dramatic style when his side beat Rangers 6-2 in the first derby of the season. O’Neill won the treble in his first season before retaining the league title the following season. He also steered the club to their first European final in 33 years when his side reached the UEFA Cup final in 2003, having seen off Liverpool en route to the final in Seville. Unfortunately, the adventure was to end with a 3-2 extra-time defeat against FC Porto. A further league title arrived the following season, and O’Neill finished his tenure with a Scottish Cup triumph, which was, unfortunately, overshadowed, by a final day league defeat at Fir Park which cost the title. He won 76 per cent of matches played during his five years in charge, but more importantly, installed pride and belief back into Paradise again.
Honours: League Championship (3), Scottish Cup (3), League Cup (1)
GORDON STRACHAN (2005-2009)
Gordon Strachan won three Championships, one Scottish Cup and two League Cups for Celtic and also took the club into the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League for the first time in their history, secured with a momentous 1-0 victory over Manchester United in 2007. His third title was an emotional one, coming just days after the sad an untimely death of Celtic legend, Tommy Burns, who was first-team coach at the team and also a friend of Strachan’s. On the field, Strachan’s Celtic team matched their European achievement on 2007 by reaching the last 16 of the Champions League the following year.
Honours: League Championship (3), Scottish Cup (1), League Cup (2)
TONY MOWBRAY (2009-2010)
After a successful spell at Hibernian and winning the English Championship with West Brom, Tony Mowbray was a popular choice to replace Gordon Strachan. However, it proved to be a less than successful, or popular tenure, as Celtic’s challenge for trophies, in particular the league title, faltered. A 4-0 away defeat to St Mirren heralded the end of Mowbray’s short reign as Celtic boss.
NEIL LENNON (2010 -2014)
Neil Lennon stepped up from coach of Celtic’s Development Squad to become caretaker manager in the aftermath of Tony Mowbray’s departure, and although he couldn’t prevent a disastrous Scottish Cup semi-final defeat to Ross County, Lennon’s side won their last eight SPL fixtures, and the Irishman took over the manager’s position on a permanent basis in June 2010. In his first season as boss, his newly-assembled side produced some scintillating football, and while they narrowly missed out on the league title and the League Cup, they lifted the Scottish Cup. Lennon took the side to greater heights in 2011/12 when they delivered the title in fine style after being 15 points behind at one point. The title was retained the following season with the addition of the Scottish Cup ensuring a historic double in the club’s 125 Anniversary year. Last season, Neil Lennon became only the fourth Celtic manager to win three league titles in a row as he steered the team to a convincing triumph, while he also reached the group stages of the UEFA Champions League for the second consecutive year. At the end of the season, he announced that he would be standing down as Celtic manager after four successful seasons in charge at Paradise.
Honours: League Championship (3) Scottish Cup (2)