English giants set to interview ex-Celtic recruitment chief for key role

By Lewis Laird

September 29, 2022

English Premier League giants Chelsea are reportedly set to interview former Celtic recruitment chief Lee Congerton for the role of Sporting Director.

According to a report from the Mirror, the 49-year-old is on a list of four candidates who are in the frame for the key role at the club.

Congerton is included on the list, alongside Victor Orta of Leeds United, the highly-regarded Monchi at Sevilla and Rui Pedro Braz at Benfica.

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Currently, Congerton is working as a Head of Senior Recruitment at Italian Serie A side Atalanta. However, Celtic supporters will, of course, know him best from his two-year spell at Parkhead.

During the first season of ex-Hoops boss Brendan Rodgers reign at Celtic Park, the experienced scout arrived in the Head of Recruitment position.

His time spent in Glasgow is one that can be described as hit and miss, following some great signings such as Oliver Ntcham and Odsonne Edouard.

However, there was also some poor recruitment under Congerton’s watch at Paradise, including the additions of Marvin Compper and Youssouf Mulumbu, to name just a few.

After the end of his time at Celtic, the recruitment chief once again joined up with Rodgers at Leicester City and seemed to go down a similar path with some of his signings.

But, again, after two years with the English Premier League side, he made the move to Italy at the beginning of 2022.

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Congerton set for surprise talks with former Champions League winners

Having spent just a matter of months in Southern Europe, Congerton is already been linked with a move back to the UK.

As new Chelsea owner Todd Boehly targets a Sporting Director at Stamford Bridge, the former Celtic man is reportedly on the list of potential names who could take over the position.

Following the appointment of Graham Potter, the American is now looking to get the hierarchy at the club in shape, and that could include a surprise move for Congerton.

Although his time at Celtic wasn’t the most successful in terms of recruitment (it certainly was for the team on the pitch), the Welshman has worked at some impressive clubs.

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That actually includes a spell at Chelsea as a Chief Scout, where he first worked alongside Rodgers, who was a reserve coach at the time.

So, some good words must have been put in to the new Chelsea owner, who is now keen to hear more from Congerton regarding the role.

It should certainly be interesting to see if he is appointed as the club’s new Sporting Director. It would come as a surprise to most Celtic supporters after a rather underwhelming spell at Parkhead.

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