With Eddie Howe no longer an option for the Celtic managerial vacancy, the Hoops hierarchy have had to cast the net wider in order to find a new head coach.
It’s been an arduous three months since Neil Lennon handed in his resignation at Parkhead, and almost two months since advanced talks with Howe commenced.
Fortunately, the Bhoys powerbrokers have other alternatives in mind.
Celtic are keen on hiring Yokohama F Marinos boss Ange Postecoglou. It’s not the most eye-catching of names but there are undoubted positives to signing him – he plays a possession-based brand of football and commands his players to operate with a high press.
Advanced talks are reportedly occurring between the respective parties but there are other suitors for the Hoops to consider.
According to A Celtic State of Mind presenter Paul John Dykes, Mark Hughes is “interested” in talking to Celtic about the vacant manager’s position. Dykes took to Twitter this weekend in order to confirm that he’d spoken to the Welshman’s representatives.
Hughes has racked up some incredible experiences both as a player and a manager.
He was a stalwart for Manchester United, winning titles domestically and on the continental stage for the Red Devils.
However, his record as a head coach isn’t as impressive. He was given a spell to splash the cash with Manchester City in 2008 and 2009 but that remains his sole experience in charge of a ‘big six’ club in England. Even then, City were far from at the peak of their powers, as the reign of the Abu Dhabi United Group had only just begun.
Since then, his record with a variety of teams has been quite poor. He managed a win success rate of 35.5% at Stoke, cementing them in the Premier League for a time, but that’s as good as it’s got for the 57-year-old.
The former Wales boss was victorious in just 32.6% of matches with Fulham but was even worse with QPR and Southampton. He lost 20 of his 34 games with the west London club, registering a win rate of 23.5%, while his tenure on the south coast was disastrous, only winning five of 27 matches.
Hughes has more experience in the British game than Howe but his record is not something Celtic should be desiring. The latter would at least have brought a vibrant energy to Paradise with the desire to test himself at a truly big club for the first time, while he also trumped Hughes with a respectable 43% win rate during his second spell at Bournemouth.