Uk news Celtic's manager options as the axe finally falls on Neil Lennon PremierLeague-News.Com
MetiNews.Com - The Hoops are looking for a new boss after parting ways with the Irishman following a painful season at home and abroad.
Breaking News ! It's a season that's been packed with so many far-fetched moments even Hollywood execs would have accused the storyline of stretching the boundaries of realism. Celtic's Ten In A Row flop certainly won't be a boxset Hoops fan will be binging on in the coming years, that's for sure. It's a video nasty that will never be viewed again. Weary Parkhead diehards are desperate for their worst season of the 21st century to end quickly and quietly as Steven Gerrard's Rangers look set to win the league with multiple games to spare and a huge points margin. Neil Lennon's departure has been craved by many since a defeat to Ross County in the Betfred Cup in November but it was a second defeat to the Staggies that proved the final straw for the Irishman. That leaves the Hoops looking for a new manager and it will need to be someone with the ability to rebuild a squad that will require major surgery in the summer. With season ticket renewals due to begin in March, the Hoops need to make an appointment that can excite and unite the fans in a similar way to Brendan Rodgers back in 2016. Record Sport runs the rule over nine managers who could give Celtic fresh impetus ahead of their biggest season of change in a generation. Luciano Spalletti (free agent) (Image: AFP/Getty Images) If Celtic are looking for something a little bit different then they could do worse than Spalletti. He also covers a lot of bases. He has big club experience with Inter and Roma and also boasts a proven track record of going abroad and succeeding. His time with Zenit was a roaring success as he delivered consecutive Russian Premier League titles. But he isn't without his issues. The verdict in Italy is he is a supremely talented manager but can be tough to work with and his press conferences can often be a chore. It's also believed he's waiting on a payout from Inter before the 61-year-old heads back into the dugout. Ambitious? Yes, and it appears a bit of a long shot. John Kennedy (Interim boss) (Image: SNS Group) Likely the cheapest option on this list and one which would also be an unpopular decision. The assistant is well thought of in Scottish football - that three consecutive managers have been happy to work with him is proof of that - but fans are crying out for a fresh name to turn around the club's fortunes. There could even be dissent if he only stays as assistant to work with yet another Parkhead manager. And the club's powerbroker Dermot Desmond and the incoming Dominic McKay will be aware of the optics. Promoting Kennedy beyond an interim position represents a board content with the current situation and happy for more of the same, even if that perception is in reality well wide of the mark. Neil Lennon leaves Celtic Lennon departs LIVE Lennon sacked Desmond and Lawwell react Kennedy set to replace him Steve Clarke (Image: REUTERS) This one would sting plenty, for obvious reasons. The Scotland manager who finally delivered major tournament qualification departing for one of the country's biggest clubs? It's the kind of Scottish football story so bonkers it becomes plausible. That being said, it would be a huge shock if Clarke decided to walk away from the national team at this stage, given what's in store come summer 2021. On the other hand, the chance to manage Celtic does not present itself more than once for most managers. What would be more likely is the 57-year-old joins the club after the Euros is done at the start of July. Clarke's teams are not known for the expansive attacking style demanded of Celtic sides, so there's a question over whether the two would be a good fit. He is the bookies’ favourite. Scott Parker (Fulham) (Image: PA) His Fulham side are battling hard against Premier League relegation despite being unprepared for the step up. Their playoff final win over Brentford was unexpected and making the jump up in that manner in the midst of a pandemic was always going to be a struggle. Parker is one of a number of the millennial England stars that are turning to management with Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and last week Wayne Rooney also in that same mould. The former Tottenham man is often praised for his decorum and the classy way he conducts his business.
Celtic announce embattled boss Neil Lennon has resigned
Ralf Rangnick (Free agent)
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Oh, you want a revolution? The German is undoubtedly the master. In a dual director of football role he led Red Bull Salzburg to seven Austrian Bundesliga titles while simultaneously spearheading sister club Leipzig as they rose to the cream of German football and the Champions League semi-finals. He left the Red Bull project in the summer after being promoted to the global head of football operations to include the original New York outfit and a relatively new Brazilian team, while past successful spells at an assortment of Bundesliga clubs speak for themselves. Signing Rangnick means a total handover of the footballing reins. No looming boardroom oversight, no heads of recruitment - you give him the dosh, you let him bring in his people and the results will speak for themselves. But being able to match that energy drinks cash would be a very tough ask. Veljko Paunović (Reading)
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A bit of unknown but he is among the leading candidates with the bookies. Cut his teeth with the youth sides of his home country of Serbia before a four-year spell in charge of MLS outfit Chicago Fire. Most recently moved to Reading where he is arguably overperforming as they chase promotion. He might be relatively inexperienced on that front but Royals fans are loving the pragmatic yet effective football he has instilled in a side that have typically been battling relegation over the last few years. It's not much to go off, but Paunovic seems to be a solid candidate and may represent a bit of value for money. A lack of big club experience may be the decisive factor, though.
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Eddie Howe (free agent)
The former Bournemouth boss is first choice among a sizeable number of fans at this present moment. Young, ambitious and highly regarded following an excellent eight years at Dean Court, Howe is out of work and looking for his next opportunity. Perhaps crucially, too, in the current financial climate, Celtic would not have to compensate an employer for procuring their manager's services. That saving could offset what would likely be the hefty salary a former Premier League gaffer would command in this day and age. The only potential drawback would be that Howe, despite working wonders with the Cherries, has never operated under the intense expectation and demands a Celtic manager must deal with. Rafa Benitez (Free agent)
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The Spaniard was many fans' first choice before Lennon was appointed full-time back in May 2019. Back then, he was on his way out of Newcastle United and later admitted he was "aware" of some interest from Parkhead. However, no official contact was ever made between the two parties. Benitez is now a free agent having left Dalian Professional in China but tempting him to Celtic Park would likely involve considerable wages given his stock in England remains extremely high. One more splurge from Desmond as he did for Rodgers? Marco Silva (Free Agent)
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The Portuguese is out of work having been sacked by Everton, a spell that may have dulled the perception of Silva being an exciting up and coming manager. He led underdogs Estoril from the lower reaches of Portugal's second tier to the heady heights of European qualification. Silva was then headhunted by Sporting and delivered the club's first piece of silverware since 2008 before a league title with Olympiacos. Spells at Hull City and Watford followed before a Merseyside move finally came to pass and he was unable to revive the Toffees' fortunes. Silva doesn't seem to last long wherever he goes, but he's young, dynamic and still has a good reputation.
Neil Lennon leaves Celtic
Lennon departs LIVE
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