Recent wage study shows Celtic can afford a top-level manager

By Hamish Carton

May 18, 2019

Could Celtic be about to go big and appoint a manager currently working in the English Premier League?

Hoops fans certainly believe there’s a chance if the Rafa Benitez chat is anything to go by. With European football and the chance to become a ten-in-a-row legend both real incentives, the club may be about to pull off an even bigger coup than Brendan Rodgers.

The Northern Irishman was the highest paid manager in the history of Scottish football, so how does that stand-up to the wages in the English game? Could Celtic afford to give a Premier League manager a wage rise?

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Money not an issue

When Rodgers was appointed Hoops boss in 2016, the Daily Record reported Celtic were paying him £2.3million per year. It’s safe to assume the former Liverpool man’s wage remained the same when he signed a four year extension in 2017. That means the Hoops paid Rodgers over £6million in his time at the club. So how does that compare to managers in the English top flight.

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In 2018, the Express revealed the wages of each and every Premier League manager who was in place at that time. The list had eight of the league’s 20 bosses on less money than Rodgers.

The lowest earner was perhaps surprisingly Eddie Howe at Bournemouth who nets just £500,000 per year. Howe was rumoured to be close to signing a new £4million bumper contract late last year but that hasn’t yet materialised meaning that Celtic could offer the Englishman a mega wage increase.

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Of course, he may prefer to stay in the glamorous Premier League but Celtic should at least ask the question.

We need to back ourselves here. For all that’s said about Scottish football, the Celtic job is still one of the biggest in Britain. We have the chance of European success every season and a realistic opportunity to win trophies. When you factor in our ability to pay high wages then surely the job would be attractive to one high-flyer at least.