Experienced EPL manager leaves door open for potential future Celtic job

By David Walton

January 9, 2022

West Ham United manager David Moyes has left the door open for a potential stab at the Celtic manager’s job in the future after addressing close calls in the past.

Moyes has consistently been linked with the gig at Parkhead throughout his managerial career. This is due to the 3 years he spent in Glasgow between 1980 and 1983.

Of course, the golden era of Celtic managerial links came after he left Manchester United in 2014. He was one of the names being touted before the appointment of Ronny Deila back in 2014. He then claimed that he rejected the Hoops 2 years later [Daily Record].

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And now, as he reflected on it, he admitted he’s keeping his options open in the future as he continues to wow onlookers with his progress at West Ham.

As quoted by the Daily Record, Moyes said: “There’s been a couple of realistic opportunities with Celtic at different times over the years. But for different reasons, I chose not to or thought it wasn’t the right time. Overall, I’ve enjoyed my time in the English Premier League. It’s where I’ve worked for most of my career.

“But I will always look for opportunities, like the brilliant one I had with Real Sociedad. Who knows? You never know what might happen. West Ham are a good club for me at the moment. Hopefully they see me as a good fit for them too as well.”

David Moyes as a future Celtic manager….but only if it’s convenient for him?

Again, for me, Moyes just doesn’t strike the right tone here when it comes to the Celtic job. The Hoops supporters want to see their managers have a passion for the gig. They want them to actually want the job and sound as if it’s the most important thing to them in their professional life.

Moyes, however, comes across as too semi-interested. He’ll maybe take the Celtic job if it’s convenient. By that it comes across as though he’s saying he’ll take it when he’s run out of Premier League options.

Let’s not forget that Davie said he turned down Celtic at the same time he took the Sunderland job. Sunderland. Moyes has too often in the past prioritised the EPL over a stint with the Hoops. So you can see why fans would be turned off by this kind of attitude.

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There’s no denying Moyes’ ability to get the best out of his players. He was given nowhere near the time needed to make an impact at Manchester United. Especially considering it was a club in desperate need of a rebuild – look at how many managers have failed there since.

But regardless of how high his reputation is, he comes across as a manager who will be satisfied seeing out his days in the Premier League. Regardless of whether the Celtic job ever comes up in the future or not. That may not be the case, but the fact he’s had his chance to come here and turned it down is telling.

Time will tell if Moyes ever does take the job and become a successful Celtic boss one day. You still feel as though it’s the one thing his managerial career is lacking – that spell in charge of the Hoops. But he has to actually want it first and foremost.

In other news, Report: Celtic to sign yet another international in the coming days