Celtic’s long wait for a new manager continues well into the closing stages of 2020/21.
Eddie Howe has long been rumoured to be taking over but a deal has apparently yet to be struck with the former AFC Bournemouth manager.
Now, suggestions from Football Insider imply that Dermot Desmond has his eyes on ex-Borussia Dortmund tactician Lucien Favre just in case Howe rejects a move north of the border.
The Swiss should really be club’s first choice as opposed to a Plan B.
The 63-year-old already has an extremely impressive CV within the game having enjoyed spells at Dortmund, OGC Nice, Borussia Monchengladbach and Hertha BSC.
Throughout his long career, Favre has also scooped numerous trophies including the DFL-SuperCup, two Swiss league titles as well as a further two Swiss cups.
Whilst it may be argued he didn’t win a league title in the big European leagues, an aspect that could be true with Favre having failed in his task to claim major silverware in France or Germany, breaking the monopoly of the likes of Bayern Munich and Paris Saint Germain was certainly a harder task than first anticipated.
It might well be suggested that he would certainly be better suited to claiming silverware in Scotland where there is less of a stranglehold on domestic honours.
Even away from trophies, Favre managed to accumulate a highly impressive record with Dortmund. He claimed a 61% win rate in his time at the Signal Iduna Park.
Compare this to Howe’s 40% win rate whilst with Bournemouth and it is clear that there is a huge difference between the two managers.
Whilst Favre’s spell in Germany did come to an unpleasant ending, it did not stop his players holding him in high regard; 44-cap German international Marco Reus stating that he is “the best” coach he has ever had. And, Mario Gotze simply said that the manager’s approach to things is “outstanding“.
So whilst Favre is part of Celtic’s contingency planning in relation to Howe, the Swiss really should be first choice instead.
With his big-game experience in the Champions League, Favre could help ensure Celtic are a force in European football as they have been domestically in recent seasons, and that just makes him a perfect fit for Desmond.
The former Dortmund boss’ arrival at Celtic Park could kick-start a fresh new era at the club.
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