Former Celtic star Didier Agathe takes charge of English grassroots side

By John McGinley

January 24, 2021

Former Celtic star Didier Agathe will continue his coaching career in England after taking charge of grassroots side Chester-Le-Street United this weekend.

A statement on their official website read: “Chester-Le-Street United are part of the FA national football system operating at Step 7. This is the club’s first season. The club are seeking promotion to progress through the step system.

“The appointment of Celtic legend and serial winner Didier Agathe demonstrates the club’s commitment to producing the best young talent ready for the professional game.

“The club have worked with Didier creating opportunities for his international players to be housed safely and provide a platform for them to showcase their talents through the partnership with Park View Academy of Sport.

“Didier’s story is an incredible one and something the club are keen to share with the first team players, all of whom are 19 or younger as they seek to follow in his footsteps.”

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Agathe had run an academy in his homeland of Réunion for years before arriving in England last year.

He was appointed manager of English Northern Football League Division Two team Durham City before leaving after just nine matches.

The former Celtic winger will now have the chance to impart his own philosophy on an ambitious community-focused side hoping to climb through the ranks in England.

Didier Agathe fondly remembered by Celtic fans

Agathe will have learned plenty about management working under the iconic Martin O’Neill at Celtic.

The pacy wide man was one of O’Neill’s most successful signings. He arrived for a nominal fee in the autumn of 2000, eventually performing to a high standard in domestic competition and in Europe.

He memorably scored against Ajax, for example, in a Champions League qualification match less than a year later.

Didier Agathe scores for Celtic vs Ajax / (Photo by Mike Hewitt/ALLSPORT)

Agathe was also one of the first-team regulars during the Seville season, playing 40 matches in total.

Across his Celtic career, he would make 183 appearances in all competitions. Not bad for a cheap signing with a Raith Rovers and Hibernian pedigree.

Hopefully, his incredible story in British football continues at Chester-Le-Street United. Good luck Didier!

In other news, Davie Provan has called on Dermot Desmond to open his chequebook at Celtic.