Celtic pundit Paul John Dykes has recently made a managerial reveal regarding the club from the time when Neil Lennon left the club after his first tenure in charge.
Dykes was the host of the ‘A Celtic State of Mind’ podcast and the panel talked about multiple issues involving the Hoops following their recent 4-1 defeat at the hands of the Gers in the Old Firm derby. One topic of discussion was the fact that Celtic always look to take the cheap route in hiring managers.
Will Celtic go for a cheap manager this summer?
Dykes revealed that when Lennon had initially left the club in the previous decade, an ex-Premier League manager was in touch with the club, but the Hoops decided to move for a manager with a cheaper wage demand.
Lennon had initially left Celtic as manager back in 2014 and he had been in-charge for about four years, having been disillusioned by the lack of challenge in Scotland. Ronny Deila had then replaced him, arriving from Norwegian club Stromsgodset.
When talking about the time when Lennon left, Dykes stated (19:21): “There were applicants back then, I know of at least one who was definitely in touch with Celtic, who wanted the job, who was coming from an EPL side. But whose salary was vastly, vastly dwarfing £300,000 a year.
“But Celtic didn’t want to go for that, they wanted to go for a cheap option and that’s what they did.”
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While the Hoops might have gone for a so-called ‘cheap option’ in Deila at that point of time, they’re set to undergo a huge overhaul in the upcoming summer. They’ve failed to win a single trophy in the 2020/21 campaign, which is a reflection of the way they’ve fallen.
Considering that Peter Lawwell is set to retire, Nick Hammond has left, a new manager has to come in and Scott Brown is leaving too, the size of the overhaul is pretty big. Since in the background of that is the failure to win a trophy, the Hoops have to make sure that they don’t look for cheaper alternatives and seal the signing of Eddie Howe as soon as possible.
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