West Ham boss Davie Moyes touches on prospect of managing Celtic one day

By David Walton

July 11, 2021

West Ham United manager Davie Moyes has been discussing the prospect of one day managing Celtic when speaking to the BBC.

Moyes is currently in charge of the Hammers after being appointed back in 2019. It’s his second spell with the London club after previously managing Everton and Sunderland in England’s top flight.

In between times, the former Celtic defender has consistently been linked with a return to Parkhead as manager. In the past, he’s spoken of his desire to manage the Hoops but has consistently favoured EPL jobs over a move to Scotland.

He’s again been discussing a potential move back to Scotland, and again he’s refused to rule out a move to Glasgow’s East End.

Speaking to the BBC, Moyes said: “Over the years there’s been approaches and talks, but we never got to a stage where anything got too serious. To manage Celtic you need to be special and realise the size of club it is.

“I think there will be a time when I choose to come back. But it’s always difficult in a city like Glasgow. I’ve managed in Liverpool, Manchester, and it’s tough. Half the city dislikes you and sometimes all the city dislikes you, depending on how you’ve done.

“Glasgow is my home city, I always want to be able to come back and mix with all the supporters. So that sometimes can make the job difficult, but it wouldn’t stop me from doing it if I thought it was the right thing.”

West Ham boss Davie Moyes can’t pick and choose when to be Celtic manager

It’s interesting that Moyes wasn’t one of the candidates for the job this year around. Nope, even after Neil Lennon left the club, there was no sign of Moyes even being interested.

And that’s been the problem that’s effectively halted a move to Parkhead in the past. If Moyes can get a role in England’s top league, he’ll take it. And he’ll take it over a gig at Parkhead.

He’s admitted as much in the past. When he was appointed at Sunderland, he stated he had held talks with Celtic but wanted a move back to the Premier League [Daily Record].

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Moyes would never be a universal favourite of the Celtic support should he ever get the job. Whether it be his style of football or failed experiences with the likes of Man Utd and Real Sociedad, some would be put off.

But he’s never appeared overly keen. Even if he’s coming out with some positive words at the moment, Moyes has never backed it up with action. He can’t pick and choose when he’ll become the Celtic boss.

So when Ange Postecoglou one day departs Celtic, don’t expect Moyes’ name to be in the frame if he’s still in East London.

In other news: BOLOGNA confirm Aaron Hickey won’t be signing for Celtic this summer