Celtic legend Henrik Larsson has revealed that he once turned down the chance to manage the Hoops. The former Celtic striker disclosed in an interview with his former Hoops striker partner Chris Sutton for the Daily Mail that he had the chance to become Hoops manager in 2015.
However, after meeting with some members of the Celtic hierarchy, he decided to turn the job down.
“I wasn’t really pleased”
“I was offered the Celtic job once, around 2015. I was manager of Falkenberg. I had a meeting with the owner and another member of the board, and they wanted me. But I saw some things. I asked them a few questions about different things and I wasn’t really pleased with the answers I got” he said, as reported by the Daily Mail.
Interestingly, Larsson claims that he would have done well as Hoops boss due to his belief in himself as a manager.
“I have a high belief in myself. I’m sure we could have done something there.”
Larsson’s comments are certainly intriguing. When he was offered the job for one is certainly worth discussing. Perhaps it would have been to take over from Neil Lennon, who left the club in 2014. Or perhaps it was to replace Ronny Deila, who by the end of 2015 was struggling at the club.
Perhaps wasn’t happy with transfer budget?
It is also interesting to consider what Larsson means when he claims that he ‘wasn’t really pleased’ with the answers he got from the Celtic board members that he met. Perhaps that was a reference to the transfer budget that he would have received.
Henrik Larsson becoming Celtic manager would certainly have been a gamble. There is no guarantee it would have been a successful appointment.
However, judging by Larsson’s comments he thinks that he would have done a good job for the Hoops. There is no doubt that he would have been heavily backed by the Celtic support. Larsson is a Celtic icon, who scored 242 goals in seven years with the club, and won a host of trophies in that time. However, it was not to be, and the chances of him ever becoming Celtic manager now seem remote.