Sunday 18 March 2018

Rodgers a great manager - Desmond

Dermot Desmond says that Brendan Rodgers would be a
Dermot Desmond says that Brendan Rodgers would be a "great" choice for the Parkhead post. Photo: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Jamie Holland

Dermot Desmond hopes Celtic can conclude their search for a new manager within days after acknowledging that Brendan Rodgers would be a "great" choice for the Parkhead post.

The Hoops majority shareholder confirmed the Scottish champions had started talks with "in excess of six" candidates as they step up their search for Ronny Deila's successor.

But Rodgers (43) now appears to be the frontrunner, with Desmond admitting the former Liverpool boss is among those to have been interviewed.

Speaking at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at the K-Club, the Irish tycoon said at the : "We're excited about the managers we've interviewed and discussed and hopefully in the next few days we'll decide on a manager and get into negotiations.

"There is lot of people (being considered). I wouldn't speculate in this moment in time. All the people we have interviewed merit the job."

When pressed if former Anfield boss Rodgers was among those being looked at, he said: "I can't tell a lie. He's a great manager.

"He's proved it at Liverpool and I think he's a worthy candidate for Celtic - as all the other candidates are."

Former Parkhead defender Malky Mackay is also understood to have been interviewed in recent days, while David Moyes, Neil Lennon and Roy Keane are still listed among the contenders.

But departing assistant boss John Collins believes Desmond should focus all his efforts on trying to land Rodgers, saying: "I think he would be a brilliant choice. I like him a lot. I enjoy watching his teams play football and I enjoy listening to him, so I think he would be a terrific choice.

"There are lots of others in the mix, but Brendan likes his teams to play with the ball on the ground, to build from the back and through midfield.

"He wants them to be entertaining and dominate the ball with possession, so Celtic should always strive for that type of manager."

Irish Independent

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