Who are the managers Celtic should consider as Neil Lennon’s replacement?
That’s the question running through many supporters’ head at the moment.
It’s not an easy one to answer.
For starters, nobody apart from the Celtic board know the scope of ambition at the club.
Due to lack of communication, we’re simply unsure if they are planning a Brendan Rodgers style successor to Neil Lennon or something far less inspiring.
For all we know, Lennon could be in the dugout next season.
However, several managers are either currently out of work, or in a different role, who Celtic could consider for a pretty sharp appointment.
Who are the managers Celtic should consider?
The first one is obvious and well reported. Eddie Howe has been the name on many fans’ lips for quite a while now. He’s the bookies favourite at the moment, though that means little, and his work with Bournemouth was exceptional.
He guided them to multiple promotions in the English league system before establishing them as a Premier League outfit. Unfortunately, it would end badly with a relegation, but over a long period of time, he worked wonders with the Cherries.
Howe also established a recognisable brand of football that would be appealing to many Celtic supporters. Out of work right now, it’s easy to see why he’s being linked with a move to Scotland.
There are other unemployed managers out there with Premier League experience too. How about Marco Silva? He’s not had a club since leaving Everton in 2019.
Even if you were unimpressed with his record at Goodison Park, there’s success in his managerial history. He inspired Portuguese side Estoril to top-flight promotion before managing Sporting Lisbon, where he won a national cup.
He then won a league title with Olympiacos in Greece before embarking on his career in England with Hull, Watford and Everton.
If you want to stick with a Watford theme, then you could look at Quique Sanchez Flores. He has managed some huge clubs in the past including Valencia and Atletico Madrid but is currently out of work after a difficult spell in England.
He could be a viable option if we’re looking for a little European progress, having guided Atletico to a Europa League win in 2010 with superstars such as Diego Forlan and Sergio Aguero in the team.
Another manager out of work since 2019 is Leonardo Jardim. He never played at an elite level but is one of the growing band of coaches who progressed in the field from a young age.
Notable successes in his managerial history include a league and cup double with Olympiacos in 2012/13, and a Ligue 1 title win with Monaco in 2016/17.
That was also the season he guided Monaco to the Champions League’s semi-finals with a young, vibrant, exciting team.
I may be totally wrong here. These names might be out of Celtic’s league, or completely ill-suited to Celtic’s plans.
However, from the outside looking in, it’s four names at the very least worth considering to bring a new flavour to Celtic Park, all of who are available immediately.