Monday 29 December 2014

Celtic appoint Ronny Deila as their new manager

Published 06/06/2014 | 11:16

Ronny Deila, coach of Norwegian soccer team Stroemsgodset. Deila is reported to be one of the leading candidates to become the new manager of Scottish Premier League team's Celtic, according to various media reports. REUTERS/Jan-Morten Bjoernbakk/NTB Scanpix
Ronny Deila, coach of Norwegian soccer team Stroemsgodset. Deila is reported to be one of the leading candidates to become the new manager of Scottish Premier League team's Celtic, according to various media reports. REUTERS/Jan-Morten Bjoernbakk/NTB Scanpix

Celtic have confirmed the appointment of Ronny Deila as the club's new manager on a 12-month rolling contract.

The 38-year-old Norwegian takes over from Neil Lennon, who left the Scottish champions two weeks ago after four years in charge.

Deila guided Stromsgodset to their first title in 43 years last season and won the Norwegian Cup in 2010.

Deila, expected to meet the media later today, spoke of the "magnificent honour" in being named boss at a club "I have such enormous respect for."

He said: "I will treasure this opportunity and will give everything I have to achieve success for Celtic and our wonderful fans.

"I know what I want for Celtic and our supporters and that is the best of everything, it is what our fans deserve.

"I want to deliver the best attacking, exciting and entertaining football we can play, for the players to give their best every time they take to the field of and of course I want my players to work with me to achieve the best results possible and bring trophies to Celtic.

"Celtic is in great shape and the club has enjoyed real success in recent years due to the hard work of Neil and his team.

"I want to carry on this work and continue to bring happy times to Celtic. I can't wait to get started on this journey."

Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell is confident the Norwegian "will prove to be a fresh and dynamic new manager".

He said: "Knowing that he was so highly rated across Europe, Ronny was one of the first candidates we considered as manager and having discussed the opportunity with him at length, we are convinced he has the talent and the determination to deliver very positive results for the club and our supporters.

"Ronny likes to play attacking, winning football, the Celtic way, something I know our supporters will endorse.

"As the new season begins, I am sure our fans will get right behind Ronny and the players once again as we aim to bring success to Celtic and continue to deliver a club they can be proud of."

Celtic chairman Ian Bankier added: "We are delighted to have secured Ronny as Celtic manager.

"He is a highly regarded individual and a man who we are confident will bring great success to Celtic.

"He is a forward thinking coach and manager with a progressive approach.

"The Celtic board will support Ronny fully and in every way and we look forward to working with him."

Neil Lennon had revealed in an exclusive interview to the Irish Independent that Deila was lined up to be his number two after the departure of Mjallby.

"He was going to be brought in as number two when Johan Mjallby left," the former Celtic skipper was quoted as saying.

"He came highly recommended, he's highly thought of.

"I don't know if it's confirmed with Celtic yet, but I know from contacts in the game that he is well respected as a coach.

"We recruited Stefan Johansen from Stromsgodset, so we were aware of his work. It'll be interesting to see if Ronny gets the job."

Lennon was "surprised and a little bit disappointed" that former Celtic and Manchester United midfielder Roy Keane had asked not to be considered for the Parkhead post.

The Irishman opted to stay on as Republic of Ireland assistant to Martin O'Neill, although he has been linked with the number two job at Aston Villa under Paul Lambert.

"I think he's ready for it," said the Northern Irishman. "He's had, what, three years since he was out of the game as a manager and he's been watching a lot of games, he's been at Champions League games, and he's got vast experience.

"He fits the identikit of a Celtic manager. I can totally understand his situation, that it's a personal decision, but I was hoping he would take it.

"He would have given the club a big lift."

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