'Wants it badly' – Reliable journalist claims EPL legend keen on Celtic job – originally posted on Sportslens.com
Celtic are believed to be close to appointing Ange Postecoglou as their next manager after talks with Eddie Howe broke down.
The former Bournemouth boss was expected to become Neil Lennon’s permanent successor, with the Hoops spending over three months negotiating a deal.
However, both parties could not reach an agreement and have now moved on.
While Celtic are now expected to announce Postecoglou, The Sun journalist Alan Nixon has claimed that Manchester United legend Roy Keane wants the job.
Keane wants it badly. But people in power there don’t want him. Shame. Would have been fun. https://t.co/4kOWXsLhFE
— Alan Nixon (@reluctantnicko) May 29, 2021
The former Sunderland and Ipswich Town boss had talks with the Scottish Premiership giants over succeeding Lennon and had hoped to get a shot at his dream job.
Former Celtic manager Martin O’Neill backed the 49-year-old for the job while Rangers legend Graeme Souness believes that Keane would be a perfect fit for the Hoops job.
While some within the Celtic hierarchy love his passion, others, who appear to wield more power, are said to prefer a more modern coach.
Whether Postecoglou is that manager remains to be seen, and the Hoops will hope he can hit the ground running at Parkhead next season.
Celtic want the Scottish Premiership title back from Rangers after the Ibrox side ended their 10-in-a-row dreams.
They need a boss capable of delivering immediate results and making the much-needed change this summer.
Keane’s experience in the dugout includes being O’Neill’s assistant with the Republic of Ireland and taking up a similar position at Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest.
While taking a gamble on such a box-office appointment would have been popular, it appears Celtic are not convinced.
All eyes will be on the man expected to turn their fortunes around in the coming months.