Jose Mourinho has been officially confirmed as the next manager of AS Roma, finally putting to bed the nonsensical Celtic speculation.
Mourinho has been out of work since being sacked by Tottenham Hotspur as recently as mid-April. Since then, it had been speculated that the Portuguese had turned down an approach from Celtic [Transfer Window Podcast]. Funnily enough, this came right in the middle of our negotiations with Eddie Howe, who appears to be the man in line to take over at Parkhead [Scottish Sun].
And, as expected, Mourinho is nowhere near the Celtic gig. He’s instead taken up a job in one of Europe’s top five leagues – exactly what you would’ve imagined. Roma today confirmed the news, stating that the iconic managerial figure will take charge ahead of next season.
— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) May 4, 2021
It doesn’t mean too much for Celtic. Mourinho’s philosophy would never have fallen in line with Celtic’s. Not to mention we would be shopping in markets this summer that he would be totally alien to.
There were so many reasons as to why the former Porto and Man Utd boss wouldn’t have worked out at Celtic Park. So it’s no surprise to see him end up elsewhere, and at a top-end European club.
No way was Jose Mourinho anywhere near likely to take over at Celtic; Roma a better fit for him
It’s crazy to even suggest that this would’ve been even slightly plausible. Jose Mourinho and Celtic will never be a perfect match, for more than a couple of reasons.
Celtic are known for playing attractive, inventive football. This couldn’t be anymore different from the Mourinho perception. The defensive, winning means everything style he’s adopted over the years. His Tottenham and Man Utd sides in particular have been grim to watch, often relying on a target-man and producing a slow brand of football. It just isn’t Celtic.
Then you have the Portuguese’s personality. To each their own, but the way he communicates and his “us vs the world” attitude also isn’t a great fit for Celtic. Trying to say he was a potential candidate feels like someone opportunistically looking for something that isn’t there.
We have to know what kind of manager we need for the situation we’re currently in. We need a figure who’s going to be here for the long-term and a boss who knows how to shop wisely in the English market and across Europe. Doing so on a shoestring budget compared to major EPL clubs is also a must-know. Mourinho certainly doesn’t fit into that person specification.
However, it’s no surprise he’s managed to find a job a lot quicker than Celtic have resolved their own managerial issue. The waiting game is getting even more frustrating now with our season practically over.
But at least we know one thing if we weren’t aware already – it’s not going to be Jose Mourinho.