Dwight Yorke: Celtic is an ideal destination for ambitious managers

Dwight Yorke has claimed that Celtic Park is fast-becoming a place that is recognised by football coaches where they can build their CV. After Brendan Rodgers and Ange Postecoglou enjoyed trophy-laden spells in charge of the club, both have went to the English Premier League post-Parkhead.

Brendan Rodgers (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

Rodgers, who left under very poor circumstances in 2019, joined Leicester City – who had not long before won the Premier League with Claudio Ranieri – and led them to two 5th placed finishes as well as adding silverware to that achievement. It wasn’t to last though, but evenso, Celtic allowed the Irishman the platform to manage in the richest league in the world.

Postecoglou’s stock was also high after winning five trophies out of six in Scottish football since he arrived in June of 2021, with the Greek-Aussie rebuilding the team and club from a depleted state and bringing back a style of football that was most agreeable, to add to the silverware he won – which included a Treble in his last season as boss.

Ange Postecoglou – Photo Jane Barlow

This led Daniel Levy and Tottenham Hotspur to come calling and offer the former Yokohama F. Marinos boss the opportunity of a lifetime. It remains to be seen how well Postecoglou will do down south and if he will be given the same amount of time and patience as he was blessed with in Glasgow’s East End, however, it does recognise that Celtic is starting to prove a very attractive proposition for football coaches worldwide.

Yorke, who won a Treble with Manchester United in 1999 – which included a Champions League – insisted that more and more managers are viewing it as a happy hunting ground for boosting their CV. As reported by The Daily Mail, he said: “When you do well, it doesn’t matter what league you are in, and whatever standard you’re coaching.

“If you are successful as a manager, which he is now, then you’re always going to have that attraction of trying to get to the Premier League. Winning the treble […] he’s (Postecoglou) always had a look at that. It would always be Celtic or Rangers in this kind of scenario.

IMAGO/ Belga. Omonia’s head coach Neil Lennon pictured during the match between Cypriot soccer club Omonia Nicosia and Belgian team KAA Gent, first leg in the play-offs for the UEFA Europa League competition, Thursday 18 August 2022 in Gent. Photo Kurt Desplenter

“We’ve seen Brendan Rodgers doing it, we’ve seen Neil Lennon doing it there as well. It’s a fantastic achievement. I know people will probably try to undermine the level of teams in Scotland. But at the end of the day, you can only beat the teams in front of you.”

If the new shelf-life of a Celtic manager is two years as everyone is beginning to believe after the last period of time, then Celtic should embrace the mercenary nature of the modern football world and take full advantage of it to get top-class coaches who are perhaps viewed as damaged goods and cannot get any top gigs. If they keep us on track in Scotland and enhance us on the European scene, we should have no qualms about this working relationship moving forward.

Paul Gillespie


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I'm a Garngad Bhoy through and through. My first ever Celtic game was a friendly against Italian side Parma at Celtic Park, in 2002. Currently a student of English Literature and Education at the University of Strathclyde for my sins. Favourite game would be a toss up between beating Manchester United with that Naka freekick, or the game against the Oldco when Hesselink scored in the dying seconds. I'm still convinced Cal Mac is wasted playing that far back.

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