Michael O’Neill has what it takes to manage Celtic but will see through his Stoke City project instead, according to Kevin Campbell.
Campbell, whose son Tyrese plays under O’Neill at the bet365 stadium, gave his verdict in an interview with Football Insider.
“It’s no surprise to see him linked,” he said. “He’s been an excellent manager at Stoke. But I can’t see him leaving Stoke, just because he’s only just started the rebuild there.
“Would he be interested? I’m sure he’d be interested in it but I think he’s got a project at Stoke to complete so I think he’ll stick to that.”
Celtic’s manager search underway
John Kennedy has taken temporary charge for the time being.
Transfer Tavern verdict
O’Neill boasts a solid CV. He managed to keep Stoke in the English Championship last season and now he has them sitting comfortably in 10th place.
He also memorably took Northern Ireland to the European Championships in 2016 and made it to the last 16, where they were beaten by Wales.
However, as Campbell says, he seems committed to his current task. If Stoke can maintain their place in the top half of the English second tier, there is no reason why O’Neill won’t be eyeing a play-off push come next season.
It looks as if the timing simply isn’t right, as tempting as the Parkhead position may be.
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