Celtic pundit Paul John Dykes has recently talked about a fear regarding the club’s managerial appointment.
This came after Dykes hosted the latest episode of the ‘A Celtic State of Mind’ podcast and spoke about numerous managerial candidates at Parkhead. While Dykes delivered his verdict about various managers, he highlighted a ‘big fear’ about what the club plan to do when it comes to their next manager.
It was recently reported that Roy Keane is interested in taking over at Parkhead and he would consider an offer. Red Bull Salzburg boss Jesse Marsch has also spoken about some of his links with a move to Parkhead. The likes of Rafael Benitez and Roberto Martinez have also been linked with the role.
Is there a risk of Celtic's managerial targets being poached by PL clubs?
Dykes’ fear revolved around the fact that many clubs in the Premier League could be looking for new managers and some candidates may not be available soon.
He said: “If we were to announce someone like [Ralf] Rangnick and Benitez and Martinez, and all of these massive-named managers, then, of course, it would excite me as much as it would excite the next fan.
“But my big fear there is that there are managerial vacancies coming up down south. There’s going to be far more between now and the end of the season, and I think Eddie Howe, Chris Wilder and [Frank] Lampard will be on the top of numerous lists at this moment in time.”
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Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson’s current contract runs out in the summer of 2022 and despite poor form, Newcastle seem to be clinging on to Steve Bruce. Meanwhile, Sheffield United don’t have a permanent manager following the departure of Chris Wilder.
This suggests that the futures of a few Premier League managers could be in doubt in the future and because of that, Celtic may have to act fast if they want to hire their preferred candidates. Otherwise, their targets could be poached by the clubs down south.