Celtic have made Manchester Town under-23 supervisor Enzo Maresca their number one goal to switch Neil Lennon this summer season.
The 51-time Scottish champions are searching for a brand new boss as they appear to recapture the magic that led them to 9 successive titles below Lennon, Ronny Deila and Brendan Rodgers.
They stood getting ready to an ancient 10th immediately identify this season, however that was once ended through Rangers this weekend, who formally gained their first identify in a decade after Celtic dropped issues at Dundee United.
Lengthy-serving assistant supervisor John Kennedy has the task till the tip of the season and will likely be taking a look to stake his declare for the position completely. As issues stand, the Parkhead board are ruling not anything out, however Kennedy must exceed expectancies for brand spanking new CEO Dominic McKay to imagine him as a long-term possibility.
Quite a lot of choice contenders had been touted, with former Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe, Scotland’s Steve Clarke and Belgium’s Roberto Martinez amongst them. Over the last week or so, even though, Italian trainer Maresca – who has labored below Guardiola at Town since August 2020 – has emerged as a major contender.
It is unclear precisely the place information of Celtic’s passion in Maresca first got here from, however the tale has been given credence through the Day-to-day File, the Scottish Solar, the Scotsman and quite a lot of different shops, coinciding with a surge in making a bet odds that experience put in him as one of the crucial favourites to take the reins in Glasgow’s East Finish.
The tale has taken a large step ahead, as switch reporter Nicolo Schira, Maresca’s countryman, stories that he has turn out to be Celtic’s ‘first goal’ to take over for 2021/22.
Maresca is rated extremely through Guardiola, whose Town staff glance set to reclaim the Premier League identify this season. He joined in August after operating below former Town boss Manuel Pellegrini at West Ham, and has prior to now coached at Sevilla and Ascoli.
As a participant, he began his senior occupation at West Brom in 1998, and would move directly to win trophies with Juventus and Sevilla.
He was once a part of the Sevilla aspect who gained the UEFA Cup at Hampden in 2007 – one thing we’re more likely to pay attention masses about if does turn out to be the brand new Celtic supervisor within the months forward.