Ronny Deila says he was given "nowhere near" Brendan Rodgers' budget at Celtic

By David Walton

March 27, 2022

Former Celtic manager Ronny Deila has explained his 2016 Parkhead exit as he stated he was given “nowhere near” the budget Brendan Rodgers was gifted.

Deila left the Hoops just under 6 years ago after a 2-season career in charge. Celtic managed to win 2 titles in that period as well as progress into the last-32 of the Europa League. However, despite the positives, the football was clearly on the decline at the end of the Norwegian’s tenure.

Celtic had embarrassingly lost a Scottish Cup clash to lower-league Rangers. We were also far too easily dumped out of the Europa League in Deila’s second season, whilst Aberdeen were running us close for long periods of the season.

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And Deila has opened up on his Celtic exit as he believed the club had too many “average” players. Speaking on Graham Spiers’ Press Box podcast, Ronny said: “If the team doesn’t go forward then I will stay away from the club. I am about progress – developing players, developing teams. I felt we had a lot of improvement in the year 2014/15. We lost a lot of the good players [in 2015/16]. I do not think our signings were good enough – I’m responsible for that as well.

“We of course didn’t invest nowhere near the money that was going when Brendan Rodgers came in. So we didn’t have that same money that other managers had. But I felt then that I didn’t take the team further. We had too many average players. In the end the pressure on me as a person was so hard and I think it affected the whole club and also the players a lot.

“Brendan Rodgers came in, one of the best managers in the world, and he did fantastically. I feel a part of that regarding a lot of things. But at the same time, he had more experience than I had.”

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Ronny Deila was given plenty of signings at Celtic – was he backed as much as Rodgers?

In fairness to Rodgers, one of the more impressive parts about his Celtic tenure – particularly in the first season – was that he didn’t make a whole host of changes. Indeed, he simply managed to improve the current squad and turn around so many of the underperformers.

During his first summer in charge, Rodgers only spent just under £4m on Scott Sinclair. The rest of his signings that year were either free transfers or bargain fees outside of the January addition of Eboue Kouassi [Transfermarkt].

The summer beforehand under Deila, Celtic still brought in plenty of players. Let’s not forget Jozo Simunovic was also signed for upwards of £5m in January 2016. Erik Sviatchenko was also brought in whilst Nadir Ciftci and Dedryck Boyata also cost 7 figures [Transfermarkt].

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So it’s difficult to agree with Deila with regards to him being backed to the extent Rodgers was. The truth is that the Leicester manager was simply able to get a tune out of players that Ronny couldn’t. That was the difference between the pair.

Deila was certainly backed in terms of signings and finances. Granted, how much of a say he actually had in players coming into the club is another debate. Whether he had the same level of freedom as Rodgers had, for example, would be an interesting subject to look into.

But Rodgers’ success was more built on bargain signings and getting a response from players who had been underperforming under Ronny.

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