Sky Sports Reporter Bursts Celtic Fans’ Bubble


Celtic are currently without a full-time manager after Brendan Rodgers left the post to manage Leicester City in the Premier League in late February.

But with Rafa Benitez still not signed by Newcastle United and his contract running out at the end of June when he will become a free agent in early July.

Apparently, the bookies’ odds had Rafa as the favorite to take over the post at Parkhead.

Rafa Benitez at home game with Liverpool – we lost 3-2 in an absolute thriller

And then Sky Sports analyst Keith Downie, who’s the one that asks all those initial questions in Rafa’s press conference burst the bubble this morning.

Rafa ‘s wages would be too high – we think he’s on around £5M/year and likely to get a rise in those wages with his new contract at Newcastle.

And Rafa has said many times he wants to manage in the Premier League – the most popular football league (and sports league) in the world.

Here’s Keith’s tweet:

We’re sure Celtic will be able to attract a good manager – but it must be difficult for such a world-famous club to keep up financially with the clubs in the Premier League these days.

Celtic were the first British club to win the European Cup back in 1967, the year before Manchester United won for the first time – and Celtic have won the Scottish League and Cup more times than I can count.

🙂

But it’s become all about money in football these days, and that cannot be good.

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7 comments so far

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    May 14, 2019 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #1

    Rob
    most likely over stocked from the Rugby…but….
    One wagon could of been Heineken but the was another wagon Kuehne + Nagel plus two or three hire vans loading kegs and and bottles onto them.
    Just a thought?????/

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  • RobLeenio

    May 14, 2019 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #2

    Interesting, Charlie, for sure. I know what you’re driving at and it is worth bearing in mind that Ashley (through MASH Holdings) holds the commercial rights to the bars at SJP and therefore, presumably, owns the stock of soft and alcoholic drinks.

    Could be the bars are being renovated, too, I guess, but would they do all of them at the same time?

    Something or nothing, I guess.

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  • NY Mag

    May 14, 2019 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #3

    Or Sodexo clearing out as their contract is up 🙂

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  • RobLeenio

    May 14, 2019 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #4

    Hmmm, so if the Sodexo contract has finished, presumably the club would either need to replace it with another company or bring it back in-house.

    Has there been an announcement from the club about a new, lucrative partnership which is going to help grow the commercials? If not, it’s a bit strange as you’d think they’d be shouting it from the rafters.

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  • Jib

    May 14, 2019 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #5

    Kuehne + Nagel are global shippers
    probably strips and stuff going to China

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  • martoon

    May 14, 2019 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #6

    Sort of on topic – I notice there is a lot of speculation that Boro will dispense with Tony Pullis. Although Hughton is being touted for the Celtic job I would have thought the Boro job would have been ideal for him. He knows the North East and a team like Boro would seem to be a good fit for him in my opinion.

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  • NY Mag

    May 14, 2019 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #7

    Rob,

    I remember reading in the chronicle a few months that the Sodexo contract was up this summer – no idea if its true….

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