With Ange Postecoglou’s UEFA license issues, there is still largely an element of doubt whether Celtic’s now top target will get anywhere near the Parkhead top job.
The news that the Aussie was favourite to succeed Neil Lennon broke late Friday afternoon and it has been a constant rollercoaster of positive and negative press from not only the Scottish media, but bloggers alike.
Postecoglou’s appointment will hang largely, it seems, on whether or not Celtic and Yokohama Marinos can agree a compensation amount to allow him to be freed from his contract, but until he is at Celtic Park holding a scarf above his head (how many times has this been said?!) you can never write off another failed manager bid.
Speaking on The Go Radio Football Show, Barry Ferguson spoke of his disbelief that two people have not yet been spoken to by the club for the vacant role, “There’s two two people that you mentioned on Friday night in Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane. They know the club. They know what it’s like in the west of Scotland to live and play. So I’m surprised that there’s been no word to even talk about they names I’ve just mentioned.”
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O’Neill I can understand. He has pedigree, a past with Celtic and a proven track record of winning silverware and qualifying for the Champions League, but that was over 20 years ago. In order for the club to move forward, they need to stop looking back. Those days, and that ship has sailed. Having said that, this site did report that O’Neill was one of the bookies favourites to land the job so there may be some merit in that suggestion.
Roy Keane. What can be said about Keane that hasn’t been said already? Out of touch. Out of the running. Out of work. For a reason. If Keane is the answer, why is Postecoglou not? If Keane is the answer, why has no other club asked him the question? Ten years Keane has been out of management and I’ll tell you one thing. Many pundits and fans are calling Postecoglou’s potential appointment as a panic signing. What the hell would Keane be then?
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