Celtic fans were far from delighted to see Ronny Deila appointed when he was. The 38-year-old manager was given the Parkhead gig on a 12-month rolling contract in summer 2014, and he was thoroughly unconvincing during his spell in Glasgow. However, since his exit, he’s gone on to find a new level of mediocrity, finishing 6th in the Eliteserien.
The Norwegian is the second-most-famous manager to have come out of Norway over the last few years, only beaten by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but that title isn’t one that is particularly hard to claim. His time at Celtic came after a six-year stint at Stromsgodset, and now since he’s left Celtic he’s only found himself back in Norway, this time with Valerenga, who he steered to a 6th placed finish in the 2018 season.
There cannot be too many complaints about Deila’s time at Parkhead as he played his part in their pursuit of ten in a row. The Norwegian won two titles in his time at the club but failed to deliver in Europe before he eventually agreed to quit the post at the end of the 2015/16 season.
Since quitting, though, he’s hardly proven to be missed in Glasgow.
The Norwegian isn’t someone who is expected to kick on and show the Hoops that they were wrong to have so little faith in him during his time there. If anything, he’s only gone downhill. After winning two Scottish Premier League titles in his two years in Glasgow, finishing 6th in the Eliteserien, the league ranked 23rd in Europe going off the UEFA coefficients, is hardly an achievement.
In this case, it looks like Celtic are the winners. After Deila it was Brendan Rodgers. The Northern Irishman made them nearly unbeatable domestically as he won back-to-back trebles in Scotland for the first time ever, as well as laying the foundations for what looks like another treble this season. Meanwhile, Deila’s Valerenga are battling in midtable in the Norwegian league.
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