I immediately retorted:” Whilst you sing and dance about our manager’s departure, I’m praying that yours stays.”
I’m gutted he’s gone. I wanted Neil to do 9 In A Row, then 10.
I wanted him to get a chance at wiping the floor with Rangers.
To me, he’s already down as one of the greats at Celtic, for both playing and managing the club. He was successful at both. Some will pick the bones out of his managerial career, due to the cup failures, but this is a man who endured utter hostility throughout his tenure.
No other manager in world football has had to suffer what he has.
Yet in football, as every other walk of life, time waits for no man.
No sooner had news of Neil Lennon’s departure reverberated around my office, and of course the internet and sports channels, the lists had been drawn up, so I thought I’d give it a go.
Most Celtic fans will have favourites and as usual a few names are likely to appear, but a number of oobvious candidates are in the running. I’m heartily disappointed that the SMSM hasn’t thrust Stuart Baxter into the spotlight.
Whilst the King of Kings, Henrik Larsson, would be sheer box office and would no doubt fill Paradise twice over and swell the coffers through extra season ticket sales, I doubt Larsson’s ability to coach Celtic through the early stages of the Champions League.
The league is our bread and butter and I’m sure Henrik could steer us through it, but my heart would need to be ruled by my head and say no to the legendary Celtic striker. He’s currently head coach of Swedish top-flight club Falkenbergs and before then was manager of lower-league side Landskrona, where he failed to win them promotion. He’s nowhere near ready.
No offence to those clubs, but Celtic is a different proposition.
That said, I’d love Henrik to manage Celtic one day once he has achieved something as a coach. Right now it’s too early in his managerial Career.
A quick route back into football for the former Celtic defender as he is out of work after he was sacked by Cardiff chairman Vincent Tan.
Malky was worshipped by fans of the Welsh club after he guided them to the EPL before being unfairly axed. Ex-Manchester United player Ole Gunnar Solskjaer failed to keep the club in the top flight, and Tan has been left with egg on his face.
Without doubt, he would take Celtic to four in a row. My only reservation would be his lack of European experience. In saying that, Lennon did well on that stage a rookie.
Not for me, despite Coyle being a lifelong Celtic fan and one who says managing the club is a dream of his. He turned this dream down in 2009 when boss of Burnley after Tony Mowbray was sacked. He is out of work at the moment having been given his jotters by Bolton in 2012. That’s nigh on 2 years out of work and if he were that highly rated someone else would have snapped him up.
His honours don’t make good reading. A Scottish First Division title back in 2002/03 and a Championship Play-Off Final in 2008/09. If I were Peter Lawwell his CV would be filed in the circular filing cabinet. He had his chance.
If Celtic take Coyle on, I’d consider handing my season ticket back.
Celtic could get Lambert for nothing soon. His jacket is on a shoogly peg by the sounds of it. Villa’s owner Randy Lerner is looking to sell and he could be out of a job.
Lambert is on his fifth managerial post so there’s no lack of experience. He’s been through many European campaigns as a player and enjoyed Champions League with Dortmund, and he was part of the Seville Team.
Certainly not a gamble in my eyes.
Despite taking WBA to their highest placed finish in the top flight since 1981, Clarke was shown the exit door by the board at the Hawthorns last April. Another who can come to Parkhead compensation-free.
Clarke is a highly-regarded coach and of course assisted Jose Mourinho at Chelsea. He was also Kenny Dalglish’s No.2 at Liverpool.
I don’t think he’d be fazed by the enormity of the job at Celtic, but would he be able to attract players? I think he’s the dark horse in the pack. His coaching skills are highly revered down south.
PAOLO DI CANIO
Loved him as a player. Who didn’t? But an idiot of a man. I nearly spat my tea out when I read about him being linked to the Celtic hotseat.
An absolute loose cannon, so there’s no chance of him walking up the Celtic Way.
The self-proclaimed fascist, who in 2005, characterised his political views by declaring that he was “a fascist, not a racist” … Lawwell and Co would be totally off their heads to even consider him.
Leigh Griffiths was publicly scorned for his chants about Rudi Skacel but Di Canio firmly believes in this type of guff.
Barring his political views; his managerial career is hardly good reading. Sorry but a Division Two Title is akin to winning League One in Scotland. The Italian McCoist.
After ending his active career he became an assistant coach at FC Nordsjælland during the 2005–06 season and cut his teeth as manager the next year.
He managed Nordsjælland to the Danish Cup 2009-10 trophy, the first ever honour in club’s history. The following year Wieghorst and Nordsjælland successfully defended it.
He’s also managed the Danish U21 side gaining invaluable experience and went on to sssist Michael Laudrup at Swansea.
He’s an outsider but not out of the running.
Another out of work manager and high profile at that, having managed both Everton and Manchester United. Celtic would be the ideal job for him after his exit from Old Trafford.
In many people’s eyes he wasn’t given enough time, but his tenure was nothing short of disastrous. However, he completely turned Everton around and was loved on Merseyside.
Manchester may have been a leaning curve and I can certainly see him being successful.
He’s my favoured choice at present and i think it would show ambition from the board.
If not Moyes, I’d go for Lambert or Mackay. Celtic need to make the right appointment.
Scottish Football is in a period of transition. Hearts, Hibs and Rangers will be fighting for promotion to the SPFL Premier.
It could also be argued that here are plenty managers who operate with less than Celtic’s budget, who know there way around the latter stages of the Europa League, who could bring something different to Celtic.
Aberdeen and Motherwell will be looking to close the gap on Celtic. Celtic will be looking to do 4-In-A-Row and should be busting a gut for a Treble.
Above all this, of course, they will be looking to qualify for the Champions League again and at least compete at the Group Stages, so the board need to appoint soon and they might just have to fork out compensation.
If they can’t get my top three picks then they should call Stuart Baxter.
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