Report names 2 managers who will put their name forward for permanent Celtic post

By John McGinley

February 25, 2021

David Wagner and Dan Petrescu will both put their name forward for the permanent manager position at Celtic, The Scottish Daily Mail reports.

Journalist Stephen McGowan names the pair as interested in the job after Neil Lennon resigned yesterday morning.

John Kennedy will take interim charge of the club until the end of the season but Celtic are assuredly on the hunt for a permanent appointment.

Wagner is a disciple of Jurgen Klopp, working extensively with his former teammate in Germany before the latter’s move to Liverpool.

He became a head coach in his own right at Huddersfield Town, leading them to promotion from the English Championship into the Premier League, where he stayed until 2019.

Wagner subsequently became head coach at Schalke but lasted only 14 months and left under a cloud last September.

Petrescu is well known to Celtic fans as the manager who helped Cluj knock us out of Champions League qualifying.

He’s won four league titles in his native Romania – three with Cluj and the other with former Rangers conquerors Unirea Urziceni.

Remarkably, he’s held 16 different managerial positions since 2003, the most recent of which was an ill-fated spell at Turkish side Kayserispor.

Dan Petrescu is interested in the Celtic post / (Photo by Sercan Kucuksahin/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Celtic supporters will be hoping for a wide field of candidates, though it bodes well there are already two names credibly linked with the position, rather than just being part of a bookies list of favourites.

The club need to embark on an extensive recruitment search over the next couple of months, ideally in conjunction with a new sporting director.

Exciting times ahead at Celtic Park, to say the least.

In other news, why Nick Hammond now has to follow Neil Lennon from Celtic.