Celtic manager Deila will be waving goodbye to Celtic Park at the close of the current season, despite his side wrapping up yet another Scottish title. The pressure has been piled high on the boss with the Hoops failing miserably on the European stage and failing to convince domestically with exits from both cups prior to the finals and a struggle even to dominate in the league.
Many felt that his position was untenable and the inevitable finally came to pass with the announcement from the Norwegian that he will step down at the end of 2015/16.
“It is vital that the Club comes first and instead of me being the focus, hopefully now the team and the Club can be the focus as we enter this final important period of the season,” he said in an official statement.
“There have been some great times… there have been some disappointments and times when we have not achieved what we had hoped for and I'm realistic and honest enough to admit that, but I know that the players, myself and my backroom team have always given everything we had to bring success to our supporters.”
Following this announcement, numerous names have been thrown into the hat, the most notable of these being Neil Lennon, Paul Lambert and David Moyes.
Indeed, the announcement that Lambert would be leaving Championship side Blackburn Rovers in the summer sparked much speculation as to where he would end up and he is now 2/1 with Coral to be the next manager at Celtic Park, although he was odds-on at one stage.
Lambert has been joined at the top of the betting market by Brendan Rodgers, the former Liverpool manager seeing his price cut to as low as 11/4 with Paddy Power to be next in charge of Celtic. The Northern Irishman's odds have fallen due in no small way to comments he made in reply to questions regarding the vacant position at Celtic Park. he said:
“Well, it’s an incredible club, a club that family and everyone support.
“Obviously the league isn’t so competitive but Celtic are one of the great iconic clubs in the world, a huge club.
“I think Ronny has done a great job there, it looks like they will go on and win the title so that is two titles in a row.
“So I’ll be sad to see him go but there is an opportunity for somebody there to go to a great club.”
When quizzed about whether he felt that he would be the right man for the job, he replied:
“At this moment of time I’m just enjoying my time off and I’ll wait and see what offers come in and, at this moment, there is nothing concrete.
“I’m just really enjoying the rest. I have had no concrete offers but certainly in the summer I want to get back to work again.
“I’ve had a great break, enjoyed it and I’ll be refreshed and ready for the summer.”