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:
A number of Celtic-supporting friends asking about Rafa Benítez ‘link’ to their manager vacancy. Rafa meeting Newcastle bosses this week hoping to agree a new contract, plus his current wages make Celtic a non-starter.
— Keith Downie (@SkySports_Keith) May 14, 2019
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.
Wonder if Rangers and Celtic will ever join the Premier League?