According to a report in The Scottish Sun, Carlos Carvalhal is keen to become Celtic’s new manager and is ready to make his pitch to the club’s hierarchy this summer.
Well, The Scottish Sun reports that the Portuguese boss is keen for another role in British football following spells with Sheffield Wednesday and Swansea City previously.
Neil Lennon is, of course, in the position right now on a caretaker basis following Brendan Rodgers’ exit earlier in 2019, and looked to be in a good position to take the job on a permanent basis having been unbeaten in the lead-up to the last Old Firm derby of the season on Sunday.
However, a disappointing display in the 2-0 defeat at Ibrox may well have affected the Northern Irishman’s chances slightly, although The Scottish Sun report that it is unclear whether that result will change things.
In a word, no.
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While he would certainly be an interesting arrival at Parkhead and is currently out of work and therefore wouldn’t cost any compensation money, Celtic have the perfect opportunity to aim a little higher this summer if they do choose to ditch Lennon.
While Carvalhal may well be a good friend of Jose Mourinho’s, he hasn’t proven during his time with either Wednesday or Swansea in British football that he can make a huge difference with the clubs he has taken charge of.
He failed to keep the latter in the Premier League and twice missed out on promotion with the former, suggesting he doesn’t have the leadership and quality required to be an upgrade on Lennon should he be given a chance.
Celtic are looking for a capable manager that can lead the club to nine and ten in a row, but the 53-year-old isn’t the man to do it.