Michael Laudrup and Mark Hughes have been proposed as possible Celtic managers during the Celtic State of Mind podcast.
Overnight and through today there has been a growing demand from supporters for change although Neil Lennon’s media conference made it clear that he has no intention of quitting his job.
After the 2019 recruitment ‘process’ Peter Lawwell is fully invested in Lennon, sacking the Irishman would say as much about the CEO as the man currently in the dug-out.
Bringing in a permanent manager in mid-season is a new concept to Celtic, when John Barnes was sacked Kenny Dalglish stepped in as Caretaker with Lennon doing that job when Tony Mowbray and Brendan Rodgers left the club. At present there doesn’t appear to be an obvious Caretaker available.
Hughes and Laudrup have played at the highest level for club and country as well as in the EPL. Both men should be wealthy enough from their careers with Celtic offering the prospect for them to return to the spotlight.
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Laudrup– worked with Morten Wieghorst for 18 months at Swansea in the EPL where he had close to a 50% success rate over 84 matches from June 2012 to February 2014 during which they won the League Cup. His last managerial job was in Qatar with Al Rayyan.
Hughes– Has been out of management for two years after helping Southampton escape the drop in 2017/18 but the following season started badly. He has had lengthy spells in charge of Blackburn and Stoke as well as stints at Manchester City and Fulham and QPR.
If Celtic were to move for either manager they’d probably look to bring in their own backroom staff and expect full control of transfer business.