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Trevor Sinclair suggests English Championship manager as next Celtic boss

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Trevor Sinclair suggests English Championship manager as next Celtic boss

Trevor Sinclair has told TalkSPORT that Celtic should consider a move to raid English Championship side Stoke City for Northern Irish manager Michael O’Neill – after Neil Lennon resigned from the Scottish champions on Wednesday morning.

Following a very difficult spell this season, Lennon has finally resigned after enormous criticism from supporters and pundits alike. The pursuit of 10 in a row is almost over, with Rangers 18 clear – and in need of just seven points from eight games.

Not only have Celtic failed to achieve 10, but recruitment has been woeful. A trip to Dubai has been heavily criticised, tactics have been inconsistent questionable – and the defeat to Ross County last weekend proved the final straw for Lennon.


He has resigned with John Kennedy taking interim charge, but Celtic-supporting pundit Sinclair thinks the Hoops should consider a move to raid Stoke for ex-Northern Ireland manager O’Neill, who has won just 28 of his 69 Stoke games in charge.

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“They’ve got to bring in an experienced manager that needs to know about recruitment, he’s got to do the scouting again. I like Michael O’Neill because he did a fantastic job with Northern Ireland, he’s done a superb job with Stoke City,” Sinclair said.

“I think a manager like that – a David Moyes kind of manager – who knows the game inside out. One that knows how to run clubs from top to bottom. You need a manager like that to come in and get the club into shape and really get it going again.”

TBR’s view – O’Neill would be a decent appointment

But should Celtic be looking higher? Clearly, the Hoops need a big name. Steven Gerrard has shown at Rangers that having a big name in charge can attract a higher calibre of player – does O’Neill bring that same kind of calibre?

Probably not. Rafa Benitez has been linked and of course, that would certainly attract players but the chances of him accepting a move to Parkhead is unlikely. 51-year-old O’Neill is a good appointment, but Celtic can do better.

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