Could David Moyes return to management with Celtic?by Jack Kitson / 20 May 2019, 12:06Tweet
It’s now been a year, yes a whole year, since David Moyes last managed a football match.
The Scot has been linked with a multitude of jobs - most recently Scotland - since West Ham opted not to renew his contract in May 2018, instead they appointed Manuel Pellegrini.
Moyes proceeded to take a sabbatical of sorts.
If the betting is to be believed then the former Everton and Man Utd manager could soon be set to return to the dugout, not in England, but back up in his homeland after he was installed as the new favourite to become the next permanent manager of Celtic.
“I would always be interested [in the Celtic job] but I have got to say Lenny’s (Neil Lennon) done a brilliant job,” Moyes told Radio 5 Live back in March after Lennon returned to the club.
Moyes was in contention to take charge of the Hoops three years ago, only to lose out to Brendan Rodgers who led the club to a double-treble before he surprisingly vacated his post earlier this year after Leicester lured him back to the Premier League.
Lennon returned to Celtic on an interim basis, won the league for the third time, and now has the chance to secure the treble-treble when his troops take on Hearts in the Scottish FA Cup on Saturday.
But whether Lennon will remain at the helm for the 2019/20 season is open to debate - he’s currently priced at 4/1.
Rafa Benitez, Michael O’Neill, Claudio Ranieri, and Andre Villas-Boas also feature in the next Celtic manager market.
It’s fair to say that Moyes’ record in management since leaving Everton isn’t particularly great. While he did a decent job steering West Ham to safety, prior to that his single season at Sunderland was a shambles, he left Real Sociedad with a win rate of 28%, and we all know what happened at Man Utd.
“I played for Celtic.” Moyes told talkSPORT earlier this month. “But I’ve got to say, if I got a chance to go back and work in Spain again or a chance to work in Germany or Italy I would take those opportunities as well.”
If Celtic do decide to look past Lennon it will be interesting to see if they offer the unemployed Moyes another stab at an interview, or instead do everything they can to appoint another ex-Red Devils boss in Jose Mourinho (33/1).