A New Day represents a new story in the search for the next Celtic manager. Neil Lennon left three weeks ago and the Bhoys still haven’t found a successor.
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The American Jesse Marsch is one of the managers linked to the vacant hot seat.
The 47-year-old is currently in charge of Red Bull Salzburg in Austria, but in a new twist he has recently opened up to the idea of taking over the Hoops.
In an interview with BBC Sport, Marsch said: “I have heard [about the links]. It is an honour for me.
“Three or four years ago, being linked to a club like Celtic would literally be an impossibility for me. And now that that’s where I am, I always try to look at it in terms of “what would the project look like?”
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Marsch continued, “Would we have similar ideas on how to build it right, invest in the academy, invest in young players and create this development process that I’m talking about? And don’t just focus on winning.
“Obviously I know that when you are Celtic’s coach, winning is the most important thing,” he concluded.
Desmond must be buzzing
The news that Marsch is drawn to the Hoops vacancy should be music to majority shareholder Dermot Desmond and club supporters.
The Salzburg boss is far from a household name, but he has accomplished incredible things in his short coaching career to date.
The American was once Leipzig’s assistant and has now swapped German coasts for Austrian ones. He played a leading role in Erling Haaland’s progress and as manager of Salzburg, gave Liverpool a run for their money in the Champions League, suffering a 4-3 defeat at Anfield.
Marsch has lost just 16 of his 82 appearances as coach of Salzburg; 65% success. With that in mind, it’s hard to ignore these quotes.
He has been criticized for the managerial position before, particularly by Packie Bonner, someone who claimed Marsch fit a certain Brendan Rodgers.
The 47-year-old is a manager who thinks outside the box and regularly plays his teams with relentless press. He really is a person from the Ralf Rangnick school who is learning to coach football.
Unique in his approach, he would certainly bring a different style and thought process to Parkhead than Lennon did.
It can only be a good thing; he would be a shrewd capture if Celtic could capitalize on his interest. Fans of hoops should have every reason to be excited.
AND in other news Celtic must mercilessly chop a £ 15,000 p / w flop this summer, Lennon once called it ‘stupid’ …