Fresh off of Celtic’s latest domestic treble, Ange Postecoglou has left Celtic Park for the Premier League, with Tottenham confirming the arrival of the ex-Australia boss.
Spurs have been on the hunt for a new manager since sacking Antonio Conte in March and Daniel Levy made Postecoglou his No.1 target after a lengthy search.
The Aussie won five out of the six available domestic trophies during his two years at Celtic after moving over from Japanese side Yokohama F. Marinos and Spurs will be hoping he can bring silverware to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
So, with Postecoglou gone, we’re looking at some of the favourites to be the Next Celtic Manager.
Former Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers is near the top of the market to replace Postecoglou. Rodgers won seven trophies during his three years with the club from 2016-2019 and he’s available after leaving Leicester in April.
Rodgers guided Leicester to an FA Cup and Community Shield success so he could be a shrewd re-appointment at Celtic but would he fancy another job in England instead?
Enzo Maresca is Pep Guardiola’s assistant at Manchester City and he used to be an academy coach at the Etihad. We’ve seen Guardiola’s assistants have success elsewhere after leaving City so the 43-year-old could be a smart pick.
David Moyes was tipped to take over at Celtic back in 2016, however, Rodgers was given the job instead.
Former Celtic defender Moyes guided West Ham to Europa Conference glory this year but there’s still rumours the Scot could leave the Hammers this summer. Could the 60-year-old be tempted to move back north of the border?
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Francesco Fariolo isn’t a name all that well-known but he cut his teeth in coaching with Brighton’s Roberto De Zerbi during his time at both Benevento and Sassuolo. He was then assistant manager at Alanyaspor during the 2020-21 season when they finished seventh. His first manager role was with Fatih Karagumruk, finishing eighth before returning to Alanyaspor as manager in December 2021.
Like De Zerbi, his teams play a very attractive style of attacking football but he’s not really had the funds to bring in players who are more suitable to his style. With Celtic having better players, and used to that attacking style of football, he could be the perfect fit.
Rik de Mil
Another name that won’t be so well-known but has dropped in price of late is Club Brugge assistant manager Rik de Mil. He oversaw 12 games at the helm last season after Scott Parker was given his marching orders and managed to steer the side to a fourth-placed position, averaging 1.58 points per game over those 12 matches. He’s risen through the ranks at Brugge and his side play in a similar fashion to Ange Postecoglou and is certainly on the Celtic shortlist.
John Kennedy was Postecoglou’s No. 2 at Celtic but would he follow him to Tottenham? If Kennedy fancies a go in the hot seat at Celtic, he could turn down a Premier League move to stay in Scotland.
He’s a Celtic hero and he’s had almost every job at the club. Player, recruitment operator, development coach, first team coach, assistant manager and interim manager for a spell – you name it, he’s done it!
Could Celtic make a move for Scotland boss Steve Clarke? Clarke has done well in charge of the national team but it remains to be seen whether he’d leave that behind to return to club football.
Graham Potter was sacked by Chelsea earlier this year but his stock is still high after his impressive work at Brighton previously.
Potter is looking to get back into work and a spell of winning trophies at Celtic could springboard him back into a top Premier League job.
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