Are we finally moving closer to finding out who the new manager of Celtic will be? Certainly, if you believe various sources and reports, there has now been a major development in their search.
Celtic have been dealt numerous setbacks in their hunt to find a new manager this week. Jesse Marsch has been ruled out of the running while Rafa Benitez wants a return to the Premier League, rather than moving to Scotland.
As a result, they have now ramped up their pursuit of a new manager by opening discussions with Roy Keane.
That’s according to Football Insider who claim talks have taken place with the Irishman in a bid to bring him to Parkhead. It’s thought the Hoops hierarchy are now even sensationally prepared to offer him the job.
That news came just shortly after Celtic podcaster Paul John Dykes revealed that Keane could take over.
He told listeners on Go Radio: “There seems to be an open secret, and I may be proven wrong, that Fergal Harkin is coming in as a Director of Football, and then we’ve heard the head coach maybe one of either Enzo Maresca or Roy Keane, and the information we have been getting today is Roy Keane is potentially going to be that man.”
As Dykes continued, this was not going to be news taken well by Hoops supporters.
“That that seems to have gone down like a lead balloon amongst the Celtic support today when we were talking about that on A Celtic State of Mind,” he added.
You can certainly see why too. Keane has not managed a football club for the best part of ten years, a period dating back to when he was in charge of Sunderland.
Of course, Keane has since been involved with Nottingham Forest and Ireland as Martin O’Neill assistant but it represents an almighty risk to hand someone such a large job when they’ve been out of the game for so long.
What Celtic need right now is stability. They’ve just lost the title for the first time in a decade and the club is full of so much uncertainty. A new director of football and CEO are set to arrive this summer so surely they need someone with a bit more experience?
After all, Keane doesn’t particularly have the most glistening of records. Although the 49-year-old got Sunderland promoted from the Championship in 2006/07, he has nearly lost as many games (69) as he has won as a manager (70).