Former Swansea City manager Carlos Carvalhal is reportedly keen on the Celtic job.
According to the Scottish Sun, Carvalhal’s representatives have contacted the club regarding his interest. This comes after spells with both Sheffield Wednesday and Swansea in England.
Carvalhal has also managed the likes of Sporting Braga, Besiktas, and Sporting Lisbon respectively. In total, the Portuguese has managed an incredible 17 clubs during his time as a professional coach.
In terms of his achievements in the UK, he took Sheffield to the playoff final back in 2016, losing out to Hull City in the process. A year later he was then dumped out of the playoffs once again by Huddersfield Town. A poor third season saw him leave Sheffield with the club in the lower half of the table.
His time at Swansea City wasn’t anything to brag about either unfortunately. He was only at the club for five months, but failed to save them from Premier League relegation. After leaving in May 2018, he’s been out of work ever since.
Despite managing a total of 17 clubs, Carvalhal has never managed to win a title.
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Hardly the most impressive candidate
If Celtic made a move for the Portuguese manager, it would be a real surprise. He doesn’t have a standout CV, and his record in Britain is up-and-down to say the least.
Putting our 10-in-a-row bid in the hands of a manager who has yet to win anything would be a real concern. This isn’t an appointment where the Hoops should be making any risks with.
Neil Lennon’s disastrous 2-0 defeat at Ibrox on Sunday has many fans questioning his suitability for the job. It’s no real surprise to see further names being linked with the post after that shock performance.
But going for a manager like Carvalhal doesn’t seem likely. It’s not ambitious, and he doesn’t have any form of relation to the club that would maybe give him a leg-up in the running. His poor record at Swansea is what many in the UK will remember him for, and the Celtic job should demand better than that.
It’s all part of the merry-go-round, however. This is a job that will attract some unusual and left-field candidates. Celtic going down that road at this stage of the 10-in-a-row bid? Highly unlikely.