Title: Take-over and turnaround at Celtic: the McCann years 1994–1999

Authors: Tom Donnelly, Martin Donnelly, Tim Donnelly

Addresses: Coventry University, Priory Street, Coventry CV1 5FB, UK. ' Coventry University, Priory Street, Coventry CV1 5FB, UK. ' Coventry University, Priory Street, Coventry CV1 5FB, UK

Abstract: This paper analyses the reasons for the near business failure of Celtic football club from the late 1980s until 1994, when it was saved from going into receivership by the financial intervention of Fergus McCann, a Scots-born Canadian millionaire. It subsequently investigates how McCann turned the club round both on and off the field through a successful share issue and by releasing funding for the purchase of new players. This paper shows how, despite his success, McCann|s managerial style can be questioned as he was frequently in conflict with his football managers, the players, the football authorities and Celtic|s fans. Nevertheless, McCann did achieve his three main objectives: saving the club, building a new stadium and earning a healthy return on his investment.

Keywords: business decline; takeover; turnaround; shareholding; management style; Celtic Football Club; Fergus McCann; share issue; player funds; return on investment; ROI; new stadium; soccer.

DOI: 10.1504/IJSMM.2008.017658

International Journal of Sport Management and Marketing, 2008 Vol.4 No.1, pp.49 - 61

Available online: 26 Mar 2008 *

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