Celtic coach Gavin Strachan turns down managerial job in England

By John McGinley

November 29, 2021

Celtic coach Gavin Strachan has turned down the chance to become manager of Hartlepool United to remain at Lennoxtown, journalist Alan Nixon has reported.

Strachan joined Celtic during Neil Lennon’s second reign as boss and became an oft-ridiculed member of staff due to appearances on the sideline with his laptop.

However, Ange Postecoglou recently revealed he is an integral part of the coaching team at Lennoxtown and Strachan even poked fun at himself in the club’s recent Christmas ad, suggesting he is more than happy with his role and reputation.

Cheerful: Gavin Strachan / (Photo via Celtic FC)

Dave Challinor left Hartlepool to take charge of Stockport County at the start of the month, with Antony Sweeney installed as interim boss.

Pools currently compete in English League Two and are having a relegtation-threatened season, currently sitting in 17th position after 19 matches.

The fact Strachan’s name is coming up in a managerial capacity at all is an interesting sign. It’s perhaps an indication that one day he does fancy becoming his own man in charge of a club.

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However, it seems that the opportunity available to him at Hartlepool is not right at this moment of time.

Postecoglou will likely be happy to retain consistency in staff at Lennoxtown heading into a crucial period of games for Celtic.

There has been no real sign of intent that the manager is keen to change the coaching staff, instead making other appointments to Sports Science, with scouting additions also planned.

In other news, Celtic Head of Sports Science Anton McElhone ushers in another new nutrition deal at Lennoxtown.