Celtic pundit Paul John Dykes has recently talked about Mark Hughes and his candidature for the managerial role at Parkhead.
Dykes was hosting an episode of the ‘A Celtic State of Mind’ recently and along with other pundits, he discussed numerous issues involving the Bhoys and their next potential manager.
While talking about possible candidates to replace Neil Lennon, Dykes discussed the situation of Hughes. He believes that the former Man Utd striker will be a candidate for the job, even though he expects him to be managing a Premier League club soon.
Hughes was linked with a managerial role at Celtic back in 2010 when Tony Mowbray was sacked by the Hoops. Recently, John Hartson named Hughes as a potential candidate for the opening at Celtic as well as the likes of Roy Keane and Steve Clarke.
Should Hughes be a candidate for the Celtic job?
Dykes said that had a chat with Hughes some weeks ago and there’s a possibility that he lands a job by the end of the season.
He claimed: “Obviously we spoke to Mark a few weeks ago and he is a candidate, and he did appear on the odds list, I think. You might say, ‘Well, Neil Lennon appeared on Aberdeen’s odds list, so you don’t know what to make of that.’ But, without a doubt, he will get a job in management.
“It wouldn’t surprise me if he was in a job by the end of the season and it’ll probably be down at the top tier in England as well. A lot of people scoffed at the idea of Mark Hughes, I still think he’s a genuine candidate for our job.”
TIF Thoughts on Mark Hughes to Celtic…
Considering that Hughes has previously been linked with Celtic, it suggests that there is some sort of link there. The Welshman’s last job was at Southampton, where he managed from March 2018 till the end of the year, but left St. Mary’s with a points-per-match tally of only 0.96 (as per Transfermarkt).
Therefore, his previous records at clubs perhaps haven’t been the greatest recently, but you could perhaps see why he has been linked such a high-calibre role.