Former Celtic man Andreas Hinkel has already made his long-term ambitions known.

Perhaps, in an ideal world for the former Germany right-back, he’d be at Celtic, under a Director of Football. Or Sporting Director, or whatever Celtic end up calling the job.

Because, according to the ex-Stuttgart and Sevilla defender, that’s the way it should be. Traditionally, at big football clubs, a Director would hire a manger, and not the other way round. Rumours persist that Celtic candidate Eddie Howe wants a say on the Director of Football role at Paradise. According to the Sun, Howe confidante Richard Hughes is the man the manager wants to bring in.

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Except, provided that’s true, it’s not how that’s meant to go. Clubs are meant to have a long-term strategy beyond the manager. Hinkel told the Herald the following:

“I think the club itself has to have a philosophy. So then they have to search and see if the coaches fit into their philosophy.

“Coaches can still express themselves and speak about players, but in this instance the club is deciding who they are going to sign and they can take a bigger view of the youth teams as well, to instill a wider philosophy. First of all, you have to ask what type of club you are. Are you beneath the big clubs and they buy your players off you all the time?

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Andreas Hinkel

Richard Hughes, Eddie Howe’s “preferred” Director, back in his Bournemouth days / (Photo by AMA/Corbis via Getty Images)

Andreas Hinkel thinks Celtic need to plan long-term

Hinkel, who was forced into an early retirement, is still only 39. He’s currently the no.2 to Domenico Tedesco at Spartak Moscow. The former German international spent 3 years at Celtic, making 95 appearances in total [Transfermarkt].


It would appear that the German assistant has been keeping a close eye on Celtic too whilst honing his managerial craft.

The ex-right-back insists that Celtic need someone above the manager, overseeing the development of youth teams, as well as dictating transfer policy.

He continued [Herald]:

“I think it is logical. It sounds logical to me for the long-term to have this structure at the club.

“For the long-term plans it is always good to have someone that is always there and knows the players, knows the philosophy and identity and has plans for constantly improving the club.”

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