Ex City bosses topping the media hit list for hoops
Whenever a manager leaves a club, it is common for ex-players to be linked with the job. Over and above that, there is always likely to be speculation based on the level of the club…and the hopes of the fans.
These two are not always equal but there is an agreement that Celtic should be looking at managers with a reasonable EPL record. Looking at them is one thing, affording them or convincing them to come to Celtic Park is an entirely different matter.
The two biggest names in the frame so far in the media have been Mark Hughes and Sven Goran Erikson.
Hughes is an obvious name in the frame as he is currently unemployed. His record in charge of the Welsh national team and Blackburn Rovers was reasonable and his reign at Manchester City is hard to judge because it was a situation unlike most other clubs.
Blackburn Rovers under Hughes had a gritty style with a touch of flair although City were not too clever at the back. Again, it is difficult to say what say Hughes had in the transfer dealings but you would question any manager that agrees to sell Richard Dunne and purchases Joleon Lescott for around 5 times the figure!
The fact that Erikson is Swedish means that there is an expectancy that he will bring Henrik Larsson back as his number, helping to create some form of dream team at the club and getting the fans on board. This may well just be a 2+2 consideration of the matter but such is the way of idle speculation.
Erikson has been appointed boss of the Ivory Coast for the World Cup and he is expected to leave the position when the Ivory Coast are knocked out. This would free him up to manage a club next season but would deprive him of vital time getting his squad together.
Can Celtic afford to have a manager who doesn’t turn up for duty until July? Celtic are likely to have a European tie in July so the new manager has to hit the ground running.
What other ex City bosses could you throw into the mix?
Billy McNeill of course had a spell in charge of Manchester City in between his two stints as Celtic boss.
If the Manchester City links are part of the issue for the Celtic board, Neil Lennon may still be in with a shout. The caretaker boss was at Manchester City as a trainee in 1989/90 but moved on before finding his way at Crewe and then Leicester City.
We are probably nowhere near finding out who will be charge of Celtic next season but that isn’t going to stop the speculation.
Hoops fans, who would you like as new boss?