Celtic have been urged to appoint Roy Keane as their new manager by Martin O’Neill, according to Football Insider.
The Lowdown: Howe move collapses, Postecoglou in talks
It’s been a dramatic few days in the Hoops’ pursuit of a new manager. A deal for Eddie Howe collapsed on Friday afternoon, with budget, personal reasons and backroom staff issues all thought to be factors in a move breaking down.
Celtic then moved on to Australian Ange Postecoglou, with reports on Friday evening believing the club were close to striking a deal.
However, it seems as if owner Dermot Desmond has now had former manager O’Neill in his ear regarding a switch for Keane, who was linked with the job back in April.
The Latest: O’Neill pleads with Desmond
According to Football Insider, who have been informed by a Celtic source, Postecoglou has already held extensive negotiations over taking over from Neil Lennon.
However, the report adds that O’Neill has, in recent days, has continued to stake his claim to Desmond to consider Keane. O’Neill believes Keane could galvanise the Hoops following a dismal 2020/21 campaign.
The Verdict: Keane or Postecoglou?
In our opinion, if it was down to Keane or Postecoglou getting the job, we’d go with the latter.
Some may say it is now the best of a bad bunch, however, Postecoglou has over 300 games of experience as a manager in three different countries, whereas Keane’s last manager role came way back in 2011.
The 55-year-old has been compared to Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa in terms of high tempo, attack-minded football, so it could prove to be a shrewd move by the Hoops.
Of course, after having weeks of talks with Howe, to then go for Postecoglou is a risk, and should it not work out, the Hoops hierarchy may have some major questions to answer.
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