As the MMA world implodes, in other news, Roy Keane should be the next Celtic Manager. Why? Because Celtic need a no frills, no pandering, all-round leader of a man that the Cork man is.
The sporting world has gone into meltdown following the shock announcement that Conor McGregor has retired from MMA with immediate effect. Such has been the hysteria, all other sporting news fades into the noise.
The football world also saw a departure yesterday as it has been announced that Celtic manager Ronny Deila is to leave at the end of the season.
Deila’s departure will be met with much joy among Celtic fans as the often under fire manager has not been able to deliver much outside another uncontested league title.
Celtic fans are desperate for a European adventure that does not end before the knockout stages.
With Old Firm rivals Rangers FC about to return, next season, to the Scottish top flight from their financially enforced exile, Celtic and their fans will want to be in a position to stamp their authority on the league and ensure that bragging rights are kept well away from the other Glasgow side.
With ex-Celtic boss Neil Lennon expressing an interest in returning to the manager’s role at the club, there is still another name that has yet to be credibly mentioned for the job – none other than Ireland’s current assistant manager Roy Keane.
Keane, who famously spent a season with Celtic following his acrimonious departure from Manchester United, fulfilling, as he said, a boyhood dream, could well offer Celtic exactly the kind of leadership that they need.
It was Keane who led Manchester United throughout the majority of their title winning decade and on more than one occasion dragged them from the jaws of defeats to the arms of victory. The man knows how to win. He is of the old breed, tough, honest and expecting of the highest possible standards and effort.
Celtic needs this kind of leadership as they seek to make the jump to a more competitive European theatre. They likely need to learn some harsh truths about themselves and the efforts demanded to compete at that level.
Roy Keane is a man who is all too familiar with what it takes. Having done it all as a footballer, he has also proven experience as a manager, having led Sunderland back to the Premiership following a Championship winning season in 2007. With a less than successful spell with Ipswich Town, Keane joined Martin O’Neill on the Rep. of Ireland management team and has acquitted himself quite well since 2013.
Now, with the Celtic job vacant, you might well assume that another of Keane’s boyhood dreams may well be within reach and surely now his name must be high on the list of potential replacements, a list that includes David Moyes and the aforementioned Neil Lennon.
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