Fergal Harkin decides to stay at Manchester City, what now for Celtic’s restructure?

Fergal Harkin and Eddie Howe had, for a number of months, been considered as the overwhelming favourites for the Director of Football and Manager vacancies at Celtic. However, in the space of a week, both appear to have rejected the chance at being involved at the club and leaving Celtic searching for the answer to their promise of restructuring the football department at the club.

Earlier today The Irish Independent said that Harkin had decided to remain with The City Football Group and suggested that he hadn’t even been offered the job. Harkin is the City Football Group’s Partners and Pathways Manager, helping City identify and procure young talent whilst developing them via their partners.

‘We understand that Harkin’s loyalty to City Football Group remains steadfast and he is continuing in his role as Football Partnerships and Pathways Manager in which he is held in high esteem by the Manchester City hierarchy.

‘While conversations have taken place between Celtic and Harkin, the Director of Football job was not offered to him and he is not seeking a move from the Premier League champions at this time.’

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Now, Sky Sports are reporting that Harkin has declined the chance to move to Glasgow as the new Director of Football after discussions, leaving Celtic scrambling.

Anthony Joseph says that the club are looking at alternatives and last night, Shaun Maloney’s name was mentioned. However, one thing that is abundantly clear is that the club are struggling to implement their plan of an overhaul to the club’s footballing department.

Ange Postecoglou looks set to be appointed as the new manager of the club, arriving from Yokohama F Marinos in the J-League. He is an appointment that has split the support but it is likely due to the fact that the board appears to be struggling to meet the targets they set themselves regarding the footballing overhaul at the club outlined in January.

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Born just as Celtic were stopping the Ten, Lubo98 follows Celtic home and away and helps run his local Celtic Supporters Club. He goes to all the games and is a Law Graduate. Has a particular fondness for Tom Rogic among the current Celts and both Lubo and Henrik form his earliest Celtic memories.

1 Comment

  1. Jim O'Rourke on

    How are we supposed to any confidence in any member of the board and i include the new CEO? Why is all our business not kept under wraps until its concluded one way or another. We had the embarrassed of the team being leaked for the the rangers game. We need to get rid of people who work for Celtic who are not one hundred percent commited to the club