Celtic manager exclusive: Vacancy ‘will appeal’ to Martinez

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Celtic manager exclusive: Vacancy ‘will appeal’ to Martinez

Speaking exclusively to Football FanCast, Dean Windass revealed that the vacant Celtic manager’s position could appeal to Roberto Martinez.

The Spaniard is currently managing the number one ranked international side in the World; Belgium, so it would be a surprising move if he did come to Glasgow.

That being said, talkSPORT presenter Jim White believes that Martinez is one of the names on Celtic’s shortlist to replace Neil Lennon.

The Northern Irishman finally resigned from his post earlier this week after the club lost 1-0 to Ross County.

It has been a torrid campaign for the Bhoys with their fiercest rivals, Rangers, now requiring just seven points to win the SPFL.

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John Kennedy has been placed in temporary charge of the squad while they search for a new boss, and Windass believes Martinez could fit the bill.

He exclusively told Football FanCast:

“I think that would appeal to him, yes. I’ve worked with him and he’s a gentleman.

He had Graeme Jones as his coach who has obviously gone to Newcastle with Brucey. Yes, it would be a good appointment. Would he take Jones with him again? Would he leave Newcastle? They sort of follow each other right from their careers.

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“They actually played in the same team at Wigan when I played against Wigan in the 90s. So that was the affinity will be between two lads really, so they’re probably best mates and he went with him Belgium as well.

“Shaun Maloney’s there too. So that would be a good fit, that would be a very good fit. That’s a great shout.”

Martinez is known for a possession-based style of football, taking Swansea City to the English Championship and then winning the FA Cup with Wigan.

He managed Everton in the Premier League before taking on the Belgium job, a post he’s had mixed success in.

The 47-year-old has taken Belgium to the top of FIFA’s rankings despite finishing third at the last World Cup. That achievement saw him nominated for FIFA’s Manager of the Year in 2018; an award ultimately won by Didier Deschamps.

With the European Championships to come this summer, Martinez would surely only jump ship once the tournament’s done – that’s providing Celtic do appeal to the Spaniard.

AND in other news, Dembele could be convinced to stay if Celtic appoint “special” 42 y/o Lennon successor…

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