It has been a busy day at AS Roma, with the rather unexpected and rapid arrival of title-laden boss Jose Mourinho occurring just hours after the sacking of the underachieving Paulo Fonseca.
Serial championship winner Mourinho had been linked with the Celtic job following his recent sacking from Tottenham Hotspur after their European Super League fallout; however, it was always a far-fetched solution to the sacking of Neil Lennon that occurred over two months ago. Of course, the disastrous ruins that the Rome is famous for were far, far more desirable than the ones that have become apparent in the East End of Glasgow over the last twelve months.
However, as per a report from Vital Football, it has come to fruition that the crestfallen Fonseca may well be the man to pick up the ruins at Parkhead and become the gladiator that Celtic need in their quest to regain the Scottish Premiership next season.
“(He is) possibly more likely to end up at Celtic than he is at Tottenham.”
Speaking on The Transfer Window Podcast, Ian McGarry revealed the news. “With Roma parting with their current coach Paulo Fonseca, obviously, a Portuguese legend in terms of his career, he has been offered to both Celtic and Tottenham Hotspur as replacements for Neil Lennon and Jose Mourinho.”
“I think, when you see the dimension and difference of the two clubs he’s being offered to here, which would underline that he is having to chase a new job, I’d be very surprised if Tottenham were to take him as manager. (He is) possibly more likely to end up at Celtic than he is at Tottenham.”
Fonseca has had an incredible career as a manager, especially showing grit in European competitions throughout his spells in the dugout; something that Celtic are in dire need of given their failures on the continent in recent years. After leaving Braga in 2016 after winning the Portuguese Cup, Fonseca was linked with Everton but eventually ended up at Shakhtar Donetsk, where he reached the round of 16 in the Champions League, and winning every domestic trophy possible in the Ukrainian city.
After all the Eddie Howe rumours that Celtic fans have been bombarded with over the last few months, it would be a shock should Fonseca arrive at Paradise; however, with a pedigree that tops Howe’s, it would be a welcome surprise at that.