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Tuesday, 12 May, 1998, 14:31 GMT 15:31 UK
Jansen 'wanted to quit Celtic after two weeks'
Jansen
Wim Jansen claims he never knew how much money he had to spend on players
Wim Jansen insists he wanted to resign as Celtic head coach within a fortnight of his arrival, after early clashes with manager Jock Brown.

The Dutchman, who resigned on Monday less than 48 hours after guiding the Parkhead outfit to their first Scottish championship title in a decade, claims his relationship with Brown began badly, and got worse.

Jock Brown
Jock Brown denies a personality clash with Jansen
Speaking from Portugal, where Celtic are due to face Sporting Lisbon in a friendly fixture, Mr Jansen said: "My relationship with Jock Brown was bad from the beginning to the end and it was not the best way to continue at the club for me.

"I cannot work with him and our relationship has been getting worse and worse and I haven't spoken with him in the last month.

"There was no base to work with. This is the reason I am going because the important thing is you have to work together.

"I wanted to resign after two or three weeks, but they didn't allow me to do it."

'Strategic plan'

Mr Brown refuted Mr Jansen's claims of a personal disagreement.

"Any clash there was, was in the approach to strategies and policy. It is clearly set down by the board how we are going to operate," Mr Brown insisted.

"There is a long-term strategic plan, I am in charge of putting it into place," he added.

"That means relating to Wim in the correct manner and it was clear the policies the club had didn't coincide with Wim's policies."

Lambert
Paul Lambert is considering leaving the club
Scotland international midfielder Paul Lambert has said he is considering his future with Celtic, describing Mr Jansen's departure as "a real disaster for the club".

"We must be the only club who could win two trophies and then let the manager leave," said Mr Lambert.

"Wim Jansen was one of the reasons I came to Celtic and he's up there with the best after what he has achieved."

Fans protest

On Tuesday about 200 irate fans protested outside Celtic Park stadium against Mr Brown and club chairman Fergus McCann, who earlier said: "The decision Wim has taken is one the Board also believes is best for the club."

Mr Jansen has responded angrily to Mr McCann's accusation that he was only thinking about club affairs on a short-term basis.

"How can I plan for next season when I don't know if I have 1m or 20m to spend on players?" he said.

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

But he achieved huge success in his first season, winning the Coca-Cola Cup in November before prising the championship away from Rangers' relentless grasp.

See also:

11 May 98 | Sport
Jansen quits Celtic
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