It’s already been a month since Neil Lennon’s second spell at Celtic came to an end, since then we’ve seen just about every unemployed manager linked to the post, plus a few contracted bosses too.
There have been high-profile names in the frame and managers you’ve had to Google in what is proving to be an intriguing next Celtic manager market, and one in which we’ve revisited below...
Who is the favourite?
At the time of writing, Enzo Maresca is the narrow frontrunner with bookmakers ahead of interim boss John Kennedy.
Since Lennon’s exit, Maresca has been consistently linked with a move to the Hoops.
The Italian, a former No.2 to Manuel Pellegrini, has spent the last seven months in charge of Man City’s Development Squad; a side that are currently five points clear at the top of the Premier League 2 Division One table.
City’s young guns have thrived under Maresca’s tutorship, accumulating 12 wins and 62 goals in 19 league games to date. They are currently unbeaten in 13 matches during which they’ve smashed home seven goals on two occasions, which includes a 7-2 win against Liverpool.
For the moment Maresca is focused on delivering silverware to Man City U23s, but the summer would be a different story. The chance to venture out in his own right at a massive club with a passionate fan base will be of huge appeal.
There are of course questions over his outright managerial experience at senior level, for which he has none, but his creditable work with Man City’s youngsters - many of whom now feature in the England youth teams - coupled with his coaching resume at West Ham and Sevilla means he could prove to be an exciting option.
There's sure to be a scramble for Chris Wilder's signature
Chris Wilder is free
Chris Wilder’s odds for the Celtic job were instantly and inevitably slashed once his departure from Sheffield United was officially confirmed earlier this month.
Wilder, who was odds-on but is currently a best-priced 12/1 (Bet Victor), boasts an impressive CV which has taken him from non-league to the Premier League. Along the way he accumulated promotions with Oxford, Northampton, and Sheffield United; elevating the latter from League One to a top-half Premier League finish - for more information check out our interview with him below.
There’s likely to be a scramble for his signature this summer - there could soon be jobs opening up at Crystal Palace and Newcastle, while West Brom and Bournemouth may be interested too - so if Celtic are keen they may need to show their intent soon.
With Celtic set to embark on a sizeable structural overhaul this summer, many would like to see Wilder come in and lead the revolution.
What about John Kennedy?
No one in the running knows Celtic quite like John Kennedy. Not only did he play for the club, but he’s been a scout, coached the youth team and the first team, worked as an assistant manager and now he’s in charge, albeit on an interim basis.
So far he’s overseen three games, a win over Aberdeen and draws against Dundee United and Rangers, with the points shared with the champions in last weekend’s Old Firm. He’s likely to continue until the end of the season and while there’s only pride to play for in the league, he does have the chance to win Celtic the FA Cup.
Unlikely to be the glamour name with many fans keen for a fresh high-profile face to come in given the wounds inflicted during the current campaign, but if asked to step into the position on a full-time basis then Kennedy will take it in a flash.
While there’s every reason to believe he’ll still be at the club next season, it’s difficult to envision that being as manager.
Jesse Marsch has made some interesting comments
Jesse Marsch has electrified RB Salzburg since his appointment in 2019. A former MLS Coach of the Year with the New York Red Bulls, Marsh traded the States for Austria and won the league and cup double in his first season in charge, and nearly stunned Liverpool at Anfield in the Champions League (they lost 4-3 after trailing 3-0).
Marsch, who is set to retain both trophies, employs an exciting, energetic, free-scoring and high-pressing style of football which is sure to appeal to Celtic fans. He’s also managed a number of exciting young talents, including Erling Haaland, Takumi Minamino, Patson Daka, and Sekou Koita.
More pertinently are the comments he made about the Celtic job last week.
"I've heard [about the links],” he told BBC Sport. “It's an honour for me. Three or four years ago, being linked with a club like Celtic would literally be an impossibility for me. And now that this is where I am, I always just try to look at it in terms of, 'what would the project look like?'
"Would we have similar ideas in how to build it the right way, invest in the academy, invest in young players and create this development process that I'm talking about? And not just focus on winning. Obviously I know that when you're the coach of Celtic, winning is the most important thing.
"I know enough about it to say of course it's interesting. It's an amazing club and it would be an honour to even be considered. But I also have a job to do here.
"My way of working is really to focus in on the job that I'm doing and concentrate on the moment. And the more that I do that the more other possibilities can arise."
Journalist Christian Falk then appeared to burst the bubble, but at 25/1 (Bet Victor) he still remains a tempting price to swap jobs this summer.
Rafa Benitez to Celtic now appears to be off
Rafa Benitez dream over?
"The priority is England. Why? Because obviously I like the Premier League and my family is here. I have a lot [of offers] from the Emirates, United States, Brazil, China, but I want to stay in Europe. And I want to stay in England."
These words were directly from the mouth of Rafa Benitez who in an interview with The Times seems to have poured water on a potential move north of the border.
"If it’s the right one, we can do it tomorrow but the project, the competitive team, is not there at the moment so we have to wait,” he continued. "But I don’t want to stay without working."
The former favourite is now out at 25/1 in a move that appears increasingly unlikely.
Frank Lampard is a 33/1 long shot
And the rest?
Ex-Celtic boss Martin O’Neill has ruled himself out and while he may be right up there in the betting a move for former player Roy Keane (6/1) has not managed for a decade. Despite the odd comment here and there he's made about a return to the dugout, in truth there are other more high-calibre managers out there.
Former Man Utd assistant and Real Madrid boss Carlos Queiroz, who left his post at Colombia in December, has recently been cut from 33/1 to 9/1, whereas Alex Neil can now be found at 16/1 after leaving Preston at the weekend.
It’s all gone quiet on the Eddie Howe (16/1) front - although this doesn’t mean he’s no longer in contention - while if Celtic want Scotland’s Steve Clarke (25/1) they’ll have to wait until after the Euros.
Further afield you’ll find Thierry Henry and Frank Lampard at 33/1, the same price as the impressive Slavia Prague manager Jindrich Trpisovsky, while Valerien Ismael is available at 66/1 having so far done a superb job at Barnsley who are in contention to win promotion to the Premier League.
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