“Germany World Cup Champion – The 2014 FIFA World Cup Final | 140713-9411-jikatu” by jikatu is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 Harry Redknapp is a delightful, engaging character in real life. I first dealt with him in 1997 when he was the manager of West Ham and I was General Manager of Celtic.  We negotiated the transfer ofContinue reading “Jock Brown: CARING ABOUT FOOTBALL(PART 2)”


Football has played a huge part in my life for as long as I can remember.  I played endlessly as a boy and watched every match that any member of my family was willing to take me to see – until I was old enough to go on my own.  Initially, it was walking or running to Douglas Park to support Hamilton Accies – behind the goal being attackedContinue reading “Jock Brown: CARING ABOUT FOOTBALL(PART 1)”

Jock Brown: Remembering Jozef Venglos

“Celtic Park before the Champions League game against Benfica, 6th November” by croarty is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 In the summer of 1998 I was charged with the task of identifying a suitable candidate to be Head Coach at Celtic.  On that mission I found myself travelling to Vienna to meet for the first time a man whoContinue reading “Jock Brown: Remembering Jozef Venglos”

Jock Brown: The Celtic Conundrum

Credit: Arturec I can’t really claim to know Neil Lennon, but I’ve met him, and I like him. Currently he has my sympathy. As I write, he is still the Celtic manager. I hope it stays that way. Few people will be more aware of the reality of the Celtic goldfish bowl, but he’ll needContinue reading “Jock Brown: The Celtic Conundrum”

Jock Brown: The culture of cheating in football

A close friend of mine has a grandson aged 12 who started playing boys football at the age of 8 and showed immense natural potential – blessed by a left foot which could make the ball talk. I asked him recently how the lad was progressing. “Oh, he’s given up playing,” he replied.  “ HeContinue reading “Jock Brown: The culture of cheating in football”