Date: 26th May 2009 at 9:22am
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If Owen Coyle decides to stay at Burnley rather than replace Gordon Strachan as Celtic boss, he has probably made the correct decision.

In fact, comments attributed to principal shareholder Dermot Desmond should deter any manager who wants to put football ahead of finances from joining the club. It seems, in the days of “modern Celtic”, the balance sheet really is key.

Desmond was widely quoted in the press as saying: “Gordon Strachan has done a remarkable job for Celtic over the past four years, winning trophies every year. More importantly, he has given 110% commitment to Celtic Football Club and his integrity and talent are exemplary. Gordon leaves Celtic a better club both on and off the balance sheet.”

Rumours are flying around at the moment, with many pointing to Motherwell boss Mark McGhee. Strachan, according to BBC Sport, recommended McGhee as his replacement. Given how Strachan divided – or even alienated – large sections of the support during his four years of dire football, such backing may not be useful.

If the two people who actually run the club, namely Desmond and chief executive (quasi-director of football) Peter Lawwell, want to totally destroy the support they could do by appointing the likes of McGhee, and then talking up the new boss to a ridiculous level.

Hopefully they will not take that option and although the whole feel to the club is now little more than ‘another SPL side who aim to break even above all else’ there is still a good chance of attracting a decent manager. All the talk of McGhee, Coyle or even David O’Leary is hopefully a red herring.

For despite the setbacks and the downsizing of the club, by a small manager and a small board, plenty of decent names in the game would still consider it an honour to manage at Parkhead. Sven-Goran Eriksson is currently out of a job, and is the sort of level Celtic should be aiming at. Whether that will be the case is another matter entirely, sadly.

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