If You Know The History: 14th June 1994 Lou Macari sacked

14th June 1994 Lou Macari sacked

Between the years from 1897 to 1978 – a total of 81 – Celtic had four managers, Willie Maley, Jimmy McStay, Jimmy McGrory and Jock Stein. When Lou Macari took over the role on 26th October 1993, he became the 4th Boss in 15 years, after Billy McNeill (in two spells), Davie Hay and Liam Brady.

Lou got off to a good start with a win in an Old Firm derby and although Celtic crashed out of Europe to Sporting Lisbon, the team then went on a good 10-match run in the league, winning 5 and drawing 4. Unfortunately, they crashed 2-4 to Rangers in the Ne’erday fixture, then lost the next two league matches to Partick Thistle (A; 0-1) and Motherwell (A; 1-2). Later that same month Celtic surprisingly went out of the Scottish Cup 0-1 to Motherwell at Parkhead, with ex-Celt Tommy Coyne getting the only goal. Suddenly, Lou was under real pressure.

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He was not helped by a difficult relationship with the new chairman, Fergus McCann. The Board was well aware that a up-grading of the ground was required, so money was not plentiful and Lou was only given enough to buy in some not-so-well -known players, like Wayne Biggins, Carl Muggleton, Lee Martin and Willie Falconer. He was forced to sell Gerry Creaney in January 1994 and arrival of Andy Walker on 13th June 1994 came a bit too late.

24 hours later, on this day in 1994, Lou Macari was sacked as manager of Celtic.

Jim Craig

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