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Monday, 11 May, 1998, 22:37 GMT 23:37 UK
Jansen quits Celtic
Wim Jansen celebrates Celtic's title victory
Wim Jansen's title victory was popular
Wim Jansen, who led Celtic to their first Scottish championship in 10 years, is to quit Parkhead.

Jansen exercised a get-out clause in his contract less than 48 hours after the title was secured with a 2-0 home win over St Johnstone.

Jansen was a relative unknown when he arrived in Glasgow last summer as a replacement for the sacked Tommy Burns.

Celtic manager Wim Jansen
Jansen had a get out clause in his contract
But he has had huge success in his first season in Scotland, winning the Coca-Cola Cup in November before finally prising the championship away from Rangers' relentless grasp.

The news will be a huge disappointment to Celtic fans who were looking forward to seeing Jansen lead the club into the Champions League next season.

But Celtic Managing Director Fergus McCann has insisted that Jansen's departure will not hold the club back. "Celtic has risen through adversity and has become stronger and stronger every season for the last four years," he said.

"I have no doubt this will continue next season as the club moves onwards and upwards.

"Many people said it was wrong to appoint a new coach this time last year and there were headlines screaming criticism at the appointment of Wim Jansen.

"But despite all the noise, Celtic has kept its eye on the ball, the League and League Cup have been won, a 60,000-seat stadium will have 50,000 season ticket holders and the scene is set for the next exciting stage in Celtic's history.

"All of this was not the result of the efforts of one season, or of one man," added McCann. "I want to pay tribute to all those at the club, especially the players, all of whom have worked so hard for success, some for four years or more."

"Individuals will always come and go but the legend that is Celtic continues."

McCann insists that Jansen had originally only wanted a one-year deal but had agreed to the longer deal with both sides having the option of terminating the contract after 12 months.

"The club agreed a three-year term, with the option for both sides to terminate the contract after one year," said McCann.

"This was one of the key elements of the agreement, as well as a commitment to maintain its content confidential."

"The decision Wim has taken is one the Board also believes is best for the club.

"On behalf of everyone at Celtic, I would like to thank Wim for his time at the club and wish him all the best for the future."

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