Next Permanent Celtic Manager Odds*
*Odds up to date as of April 1, 2021 and sourced via the best betting apps
Eddie Howe Now Odds-On to be Next Celtic Manager
It would appear that Eddie Howe is “seriously interested” in returning to senior football management by taking the available manager’s role at Celtic, with many media outlets reporting that the former Bournemouth gaffer has sounded out a number of contacts with regard to the Old Firm club and it would appear to represent a golden chance for the 43-year-old to return to the game.
There has certainly been money for Howe to replace Neil Lennon in recent weeks considering that the majority of bookies offering the Next Celtic FC Manager betting market now go odds-on about someone who has a philosophy of playing attractive football, with the manager having achieved great things with the Cherries considering he steered them from League One to the Premier League.
Howe has done little other than manage Bournemouth although he did guide them through the divisions to the Premier League before they were relegated back to the Championship. He could easily find himself interviewed for the position in days to come, although it would involve relocating from the south coast and taking charge north of the border.
Could John Kennedy Be Promoted From Within?
John Kennedy has the advantage of already being on the Celtic payroll. The first-team coach knows the players and has a long association with the club, having been part of the backroom staff for a decade. Kennedy worked alongside Brendan Rodgers as Celtic won domestic trebles in three successive seasons, the latter being secured after Rodgers had left for Leicester City.
However, being part of the current setup may actually work against Kennedy. He probably had a better chance of landing the job in 2019, when continuity was more of a prized asset given that things were going well at Celtic Park. This season has started disastrously for the Bhoys, and promoting from within would not provide the sort of shake-up that many fans want to see.
It is also unclear whether Kennedy wants the job although he’s only a best price 11/4 to get the job on a permanent basis. Some assistant managers and first-team coaches do the job for a few years before announcing their intention to take up a No.1 position. Kennedy seems content to do his work in the background, and he may lack the personality to take on the job at this delicate time.
Roy Keane Third Favourite to Return to Celtic as Manager
Roy Keane has been out of football management since being the assistant to Martin O’Neill at Nottingham Forest in 2019, while he’s not actually held a Head Coach role at any professional football club since leaving Ipswich Town in 2011, with the 49-year-old having largely focused on a media career where he’s regarded as a straight-talking pundit on Sky Sports.
However, Keane is currently the third favourite on the Next Celtic Manager betting market, with the bookies as short as 11/1 about the Irishman and it’s worth noting that the former midfielder had a brief spell at the Scottish Old Firm club during the 2005/6 season and clearly has some kind of affinity with a club who might welcome the fire that the Manchester United legend would bring to the role.
Maresca Could be Surprise Choice to Replace Lennon
Enzo Maresca is now trading at 14/1 with the best bookmakers to become the next permanent manager of Celtic FC, with the Italian having been linked to the vacant position and he’s currenly manager of the Manchester City Elite Development squad which indicates that he has a huge pedigree.
Maresca was a brilliant player during a successful career which saw him win the 2001-2 Serie A title with Juventus, with the 41-year-old having been assistant manager at West Ham during the 2018/19 season, with the coach highly regarded by Pep Guardiola at City and it’s plausible that he’ll be interested in taking charge at Celtic.
Will Steve Clarke Replace Neil Lennon As Celtic Manager?
Steve Clarke will be leading Scotland out in the delayed 2020 European Championships this summer although there has been a recent surge of money for the national team manager when it comes to the soon-to-be-vacant Celtic manager’s position, with the former West Brom boss being touted as Neil Lennon’s replacement.
William Hill currently offer a best price 14/1 about Clarke taking charge at Celtic Park when the hot seat becomes available in a few months’ time, with the 57-year-old having nationality on his side for this role, while he has also been the assistant manager of Chelsea, West Ham and Liverpool.
Stints at West Brom and Reading were largely difficult for the Scot, although the way he transformed the fortunes of Kilmarnock in the Scottish Premiership led to Clarke being given the nod by the Scottish FA and it might well be the case that Celtic have already reached out to him with regard to replacing Lennon.
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Frank Lampard Looking For New Role After Chelsea Split
It would be pretty interesting if Frank Lampard filled the dugout at Celtic considering his main adversary would be former England team-mate Steven Gerrard who has done such a good job at Rangers. The press would go mad to see these two coaches lock horns although the Celtic role could be well outside the comfort zone of Lampard.
The former Chelsea manager began his coaching career with a relatively successful time at Derby County before heading to Stamford Bridge, although he struggled to meet expectation levels with the Blues and was recently replaced by Thomas Tuchel. Perhaps a high-profile role in Scotland could be just what the doctor ordered.