Duncan Castles has been speaking on the latest episode of The Transfer Window podcast to discuss potential incomings and outgoings ahead of the summer transfer market.
One topic of discussion was Celtic’s ongoing search for a new permanent manager after the Bhoys parted ways with Neil Lennon in February.
One name which has been recently linked with the job is that of former Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho.
Should Celtic enquire about Mourinho?
He said: “I did not expect him [Jose Mourinho] to do that [step away from football] he was very keen to get back to work if not immediately, although not ruling out immediately. Certainly next season. (1:30)
“He has been handling approaches and offers since that dismissal. My information is that the first of those approaches came from Celtic FC who are in need of significant managerial change and in need of a change of fortune to get themselves back on top of the heap in Scotland after Steven Gerrard guided Rangers to the Scottish title by a significant margin.
“My understanding is that his response to that approach was to tell Celtic, I’m not ready to coach now.”
TIF Thoughts on Castles’ comments…
Mourinho’s time at Spurs was full of ups and downs. Spurs found themselves top of the league last November, however, just a few months later they were slumped down in seventh place and dumped out of the Europa League.
With Celtic expected to rebuild their squad this summer, it brings questions as to whether Mourinho would be the right man for the job at Parkhead given his recent struggles at Spurs in their period of rebuild after Mauricio Pochettino’s departure.
Going by Castles’ claims, it appears a move to the Glasgow side does not appeal to Mourinho.