Celtic-linked David Webb has officially thrown his hat into the ring to become the new Parkhead Director of Football.
Webb, who has previously worked with both Mauricio Pochettino and Eddie Howe, was first linked to the role last month. The Daily Mail reported that Webb was interested in the role as one of three candidates. Juventus scout Matteo Tognozzi and Man City loan manager Fergal Harkin were also linked.
With Celtic looking set to revamp their footballing structure ahead of next season, it’s a big decision. The new Director of Football will have to be a long-term appointment, and therefore one that can’t be rushed.
But former Bournemouth, Tottenham, and Huddersfield recruitment man Webb has now openly admitted that he wants the job.
When asked by the Herald whether he would be interested, Webb said: “I think so.
“Given their historical success and how they want to build from their academy and build a long-term strategy for the club and still maintain success by winning leagues and cups, and Europe, that would definitely appeal to me.
“You could have someone like myself whose skillset could affect a number of positive areas like recruitment, vision. It’s something that is appealing.”
Director of Football appointment more essential than managerial choice; David Webb to Celtic won’t be rushed
Webb certainly has an interesting list of success stories to his name regarding player identification. He played a key role in signing Son Heung-Min for Spurs and spotted the talents of Wilfried Zaha early on too [Daily Mail]. Callum Wilson to Bournemouth was also identified under his radar during his time with the now-Championship club.
Webb also identified former Celtic hero Moussa Dembele when not many knew about him [Sky Sports]. In terms of identifying stars for the future, the sporting director candidate certainly has an impressive CV.
However, this is arguably a more important decision than the managerial appointment. This is a decision that Celtic will make on the basis that it stands the test of time. Appointing Webb or any other candidate won’t be a rushed decision. There has to be plenty of care and research done into this one.
For what it’s effectively doing is deciding on the direction of the club. Deciding how the club should move forward over the next decade and ensuring that future managerial losses aren’t as painful or damaging as Brendan Rodgers’ turned out to be.
We’ll see how this progresses, but Celtic have a monumental decision to make here. Webb has the history to back up his validity as a strong candidate. But it’ll be interesting to see who he could be up against for the role in the coming weeks.
67HailHail spoke to Webb last month in an in-depth interview. You can watch that by clicking here.