Celtic could miss out on Chris Hughton as he holds West Brom talks

By Hamish Carton

May 15, 2019

Chris Hughton doesn’t seem keen to spend too much time out of the game. The 60-year-old, who was sacked by Brighton on Monday, is rumoured to have been approached by West Brom about becoming their new manager.

The Daily Mail reports that the Baggies are keen to find a new boss and will move quickly following their elimination from the Championship playoffs.

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Hughton is said to be fancied by West Brom chiefs because of his great record in England’s second tier.

The Englishman, who played for the Republic of Ireland during his career, is just one of a number of names that has been linked with the vacant managerial job at Celtic Park.

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Celtic must move fast

If there’s one thing the West Brom link has shown, it’s that other teams won’t mess around when making their appointments. Most top targets won’t stay on the market for long so it’s important that Celtic move quickly.

We may not announce a new manager until after next weekend’s Scottish Cup final but that doesn’t mean we can’t have someone lined up.

With our European qualifiers getting underway at the start of July turnaround time is as tight as ever.

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Brendan Rodgers was appointed on the 20th May 2016, almost eight weeks before our first competitive game that season. It’s currently a similar amount of time until we play our first Euro qualifier yet a manager is nowhere to be seen. It may be a fortnight at the earliest before anything is announced so surely we’re cutting it fine for time.

We’ve just got to hope that the men in charge have someone in mind. We’ve also got to hope that the someone in mind knows they’re getting the job.