BBC Scotland News presenter John Beattie believes Celtic will have as much as £77,000-a-week to replace Brendan Rodgers permanently, revealing the former Hoops boss’ wage on Twitter yesterday.
Brendan Rogers was on a basic of £45k a week, he earned around £4m in the year including bonuses, which is £77k a week.
— John Beattie (@BBCJohnBeattie) February 26, 2019
It’s an extraordinary figure that clearly made Rodgers one the best paid managers in Europe, outside of the mega-rich clubs, even before he made the switch to Leicester City.
Lord only knows what sort of package he was offered by the English Premier League side to ditch Celtic in the middle of a hotly contested season.
The positive here is obvious though – if we were already paying that to Rodgers, then surely the club have the resources to go out and land another high profile, experienced manager at the end of the season.
Neil Lennon has bravely taken on the challenge of becoming interim boss between now and the end of the current campaign, but most supporters are eager to show ambition again with a permanent appointment come the summer.
What kind of shortlist the club can draw up remains to be seen, but fans will be watch the club’s next steps very closely indeed, knowing that the money is there to attract a big name.