Celtic announce Harry Kewell’s departure and his replacement

With the Glasgow Derby successfully negotiated, Celtic turned to other pressing business this morning, confirming as expected that Harry Kewell has left Celtic to take up the manager’s post at J-League side Yokohama F. Marinos.

And Brendan Rodgers has wasted no time in securing Kewell’s replacement with the official Celtic website this morning announcing that Adam Sadler will be joining the Celtic coaching staff after the winter break.

Harry Kewell had this to say about time at Celtic: “I would like to thank Celtic for giving me such a wonderful opportunity to be part of one of the world’s great football clubs.

“It has been an absolute privilege to work with Celtic with two great managers in Brendan and Ange. It has been an honour to be part of such a fantastic institution and it is a time in my career and life, which I will never forget.

“I have worked with great coaches, players and backroom staff and together we have enjoyed some brilliant moments together with the Celtic fans. I would like to thank everyone at the Club and all the fans who have given me and the team such brilliant support.

“I would also like to thank Brendan for giving me such support in pursuing this new opportunity. It is a very difficult decision to leave Celtic but I feel the management opportunity presented to me is one I would like to pursue.

“I will always be a Celtic supporter and i will always wish nothing but the very best for the Club. I hope the club and our supporters can enjoy more and more success.”

Kewell’s replacement will be Adam Sadler who joins Celtic with a wealth of coaching experience including roles with Manchester City, Newcastle United FC, Plymouth Argyle and Norwich City. From 2018 until this summer, Adam was first-team coach at Leicester City FC, during which time he worked closely with Brendan Rodgers.

Leicester City’s first team coach Adam Sadler (L) and Leicester City’s first team coach Mike Stowell (R) discuss tactics during the English Premier League football match between Leicester City and Aston Villa at King Power Stadium on April 4, 2023.  (Photo by DARREN STAPLES/AFP via Getty Images)

Also speaking the the official Celtic FC website, Adam Sadler said: “I am delighted to be joining Celtic. It is such an iconic club with such a brilliant history, a phenomenal fan base and tremendous record of success.

“I can’t wait to join up with the management team and get working with the players and hopefully play my part in brining even more success to the club. It goes without saying I am really looking forward to teaming up with Brendan again. We worked closely at Leicester City and enjoyed some good times.

“I know exactly the way Brendan likes to play and what he demands from his players and staff, so I am sure once again we can work together and achieve really positive results.”

Adam Sadler, Interim Manager of Leicester City, looks on prior to the Premier League match between Leicester City and AFC Bournemouth at The King Power Stadium on April 08, 2023. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)

Adam Sadler seems like a great fit and an ideal replacement for Harry Kewell and Brendan Rodgers had this to say about both coaches via the official Celtic website: “I am really pleased to welcome Adam to Celtic. He will be a fantastic addition to our coaching team and I know he will bring some great experience and ability to add to the Club.

Brendan Rodgers enjoying the victory over theRangers yesterday afternoon at Celtic Park

“Having worked with Adam previously we already have a great working relationship and understanding. He knows the way I work and I know his skills, so once again we will aim to work well again and every day look to develop our players further and improve the team as we take the club forward.

“I would also like to wish Harry all the very best for the future. I really enjoyed working with him, I thank him for all his work and I am sure he will enjoy the great opportunity has been given in Japan.”

Best of luck to Harry in Japan and welcome Celtic, Adam!

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