What Was On This Day? 28th May 1978 Jock Stein leaves Celtic

After spells in the hot seat at Dunfermline and Hibs, Jock Stein took over as Celtic manager in March 1965. Over the following 13 seasons, his teams won 10 League Championships, 8 Scottish Cups, 6 League Cups and a European Cup;-

League Championships 1965/66 to 1973/74 inclusive ; 1977

Scottish Cups   1965, 1967, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1974, 1975, 1977

League Cups   1965/66 to 1969/70 inclusive; 1974/75

European Cup   1967

Jock Stein left Celtic on this day in 1978, initially accepting a position on the Board ‘with responsibility for fund-raising’. He soon realised that such a role was not for him and he resigned to take over the manager’s chair at Leeds United. Only two months later, though, he was back in Scotland as manager of the Scotland international side.

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This day was also a very important one in the life of another Celtic manager. Davie Hay had taken over the role in 1983, winning the Scottish Cup in 1985 and the League title in 1985/86. On this day in 1987, Davie Hay was fired by the Celtic Board after refusing to resign.

NB It is often said that Davie Hay was the first Celtic manager to be sacked. The reality was that every previous incumbent – Willie Maley, Jimmy McStay, Jimmy McGrory, Jock Stein and Billy McNeill – had been firmly steered towards the exit door under one pretext or another.

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