Former Celtic defender Darren O’Dea has been named as the new manager of the club’s under-18 side, with Stephen McManus vacating the role to work alongside Tommy McIntyre as reserve team coach at the Hoops.
The Academy would like to welcome new U18 Manager, Darren O’Dea.
Darren will replace Stephen McManus, who will move to work alongside Tommy McIntyre, as Reserve Team coach.
Good luck to you both.
— Celtic FC Academy (@CelticFCAcademy) September 16, 2019
O’Dea, who was capped 21 times by Republic of Ireland, played 59 times for Celtic between 2005 and 2010, winning two league titles and one League Cup. He has come back to Celtic Park following his involvement in Motherwell’s academy coaching setup, as noted by celticfc.net.
McManus is also a former Hoops defender, making 171 appearances for the club between 2004 and 2010 and scoring 19 goals. He won three league titles, two Scottish Cups and a League Cup in his time at the club.
These Celtic fans took to Twitter to congratulate the pair on their new roles, with one fan evening comparing the club’s approach to Bayern Munich, who currently have former Bayern player Niko Kovac in charge, as well as the likes of Robert Kovac, Hans-Dieter Flick and Klaus Augenthaler all working at the club after playing in Munich.
Welcome back home @odea_darren
— Gary Quigley (@GaryQuigley4) September 16, 2019
Get that production line rolling boys and look after our kids….
— Denis Maxwell (@lubohenke1967) September 16, 2019
— Leeann Corr (@LeeannCorr) September 17, 2019
Love having the old boys as part of the set up. Like Bayern.
— Hamill (@CPHamill) September 16, 2019
Great to see you’s back good luck to you both HH
— john gillan (@johngillan14) September 17, 2019
Good luck bhoys
— Paul Kerr (@paulkerrdj21) September 16, 2019
What are your memories of O’Dea and McManus as Celtic players? Could they be part of the senior coaching staff in future? Share your views in the comments section below!
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