Monday 18 December 2017

Roy Keane among the early favourites to take over from Ronny Deila as Celtic manager

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Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane has emerged as a leading candidate to replace Ronny Deila at Celtic.

The Glasgow club announced this morning that the Norweigan would be leaving his post at the end of the season after a disappointing campaign, that could yet yield another SPL title.

Deila's failure to lead Celtic to the Champions League group stages and their Old Firm defeat to Rangers in the semi-final of the Scottish Cup appear to have sealed his fate.

Speaking this morning at a business function in Cork, Roy Keane suggested that he could be ready for a return to management after the Euros.

“Of course I’m really enjoying learning from Martin (O’Neill) but the best place for me to learn is back in the (managerial) hot seat not so much in the long term but in the shorter term. I don’t want to be the assistant manager for the next 20 years but I am enjoying the current role.”

Keane, who finished his playing career with the Bhoys, has been installed as a 7/1 shot by Paddy Power to take over at Celtic Park.

Former Manchester United and Everton boss David Moyes is the early front-runner on 8/11, followed by former Celtic boss Neil Lennon (3/1) and current Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill (5/1).

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill is available at 33/1, while Ipswich Town coach and former Ireland manager and captain Mick McCarthy is also 33/1.

Celtic performance consultant and 2012 All-Ireland winning coach Jim McGuinness is at 40/1.

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