Bundesliga winner Christoph Daum admits mistake not joining Celtic in 2014

By Euan Davidson

September 28, 2021

Bundesliga, Super Lig and Austrian Bundesliga-winning coach Christoph Daum admits he made a mistake not joining Celtic in 2014.

Daum, whose son Marcel is Bayer Leverkusen’s chief analyst, was approached to take over the role before Ronny Deila.

Having won league titles with VfB Stuttgart, Fenerbahce and Austria Vienna, the now 67-year-old has revealed he had a chance to become Bhoys boss.

And it’s a rejection he lives with to this day.

Daum said [Sun]:

“I got an offer to become head coach of Celtic after I was with Bursaspor.

“If you ask me what the biggest mistake was in my career, it was not to accept this job.

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“At the time, I wasn’t ready. I really regret I didn’t work for Celtic, one of the most outstanding clubs of the world.”

He does, however, have faith in his son Marcel to have the Hoops readily scouted ahead of Thursday night. Bayer Leverkusen come to Paradise this week, hoping to make it two wins from two in the Champions League.

Powered by goals from Florian Wirtz and Patrik Schick, Die Werkself find themselves second in the Bundesliga. Daum said of his son [Sun]:

“Marcel will prepare every individual player and the team of Bayer for this game by analysing Celtic 110 per cent. He is so thorough in his job.

“He will analyse what those Celtic players are singing when they take a shower!”

Bundesliga winner Christoph Daum watching Celtic v Leverkusen with real interest

Daum Jr will be lucky; the showers are where the club tends to make major staffing decisions.

In all seriousness, the Daums are a family with real footballing heritage. Aside from Christoph’s success as a manager, Marcel was approached by Bayern Munich in recent years [Training Ground Guru].

Photo by Joshua Sammer/Getty Images

Would Christoph Daum have been a good fit at Celtic, though? Probably not, given his more recent job history. Stints at Club Brugge and the Romanian national team, seemed to suggest Daum, so successful in the 90s and 00s, was a bit of a spent force.

In truth, it’s hard remembering Daum’s name amongst the other rumours from 2014. However, it’d be odd to suggest the German coach is making stuff up on the eve of his son heading to Paradise with the Leverkusen coaching staff.

In any case, Leverkusen should represent a very strong challenge on Thursday. Regardless of whether Christoph Daum’s son knows what songs the Bhoys are singing beforehand.

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