Celtic great Johan Mjallby’s comments show exactly why the Hoops can still aim high in their managerial pursuit.
Neil Lennon currently has the job on an interim basis until the end of the season. Mjallby, as most would agree with, believes he has to win the treble to have a chance of keeping it.
Celtic, of course, will hopefully be looking at some of the higher calibre managers in the game too. The departure of Brendan Rodgers will have left many looking for a similarly ambitious appointment.
Mjallby chose to touch on the likes of Rafa Benitez, Andre Villas Boas, and Roberto Martinez, however. Speaking on the trio, the former defender spoke in the Herald about why Celtic could be so appealing.
“Why not? You can’t talk Celtic down.
“Martinez has never won a league title, for example. Villas-Boas and Benitez have done but, at Parkhead, you have the chance to win trophies every year. The ambition should also be to make Celtic great in Europe again.
“That was the only area where Brendan didn’t succeed that much so would the board find a foreign manager more attractive when it comes to making Celtic a force in Europe?”
Celtic’s European carrot should make them attractive
This, as we all know, relies heavily on what the Celtic board’s ambitions are for the coming years. Does 10 in-a-row take priority over rebuilding our reputation in Europe? If so, that could take some of the attraction out of the job for top managers.
But Mjallby hits the nail on the head. There are top coaches out there such as Martinez who have never actually won anything. Going to Parkhead would give them a monumental chance to add something tangible to their success.
The idea of 10IAR could also prove to be a big carrot for Celtic. Whoever comes in has the chance to be immortalised here. The manager who guides us to the 10 will likely be just as famous as Wim Jansen who stopped the 10. That would surely add to the attraction of the job.
Many top managers would likely see the Champions League as the main incentive, however. The likes of Benitez won’t be managing in that competition so long as he stays at Newcastle. We may have four qualifiers in our way, but the key thing is we have a route into the competition.
What manager wouldn’t fancy the idea of rebuilding one of Europe’s biggest names and turning them into a solid force? It’s a challenge that would hopefully excite many.
So Celtic do have a couple of carrots to dangle for top managers out there. It’ll be interesting to see if any are willing to bite, however.