The Sunday Post have claimed that experienced Italian manager Walter Mazzarri is open to an approach from Celtic over replacing Neil Lennon, following the latter’s resignation from the Hoops job last week.
Lennon resigned with Celtic 18 points behind Rangers – their 10 in a row challenge nearly over. Celtic’s win over Aberdeen on Saturday did reduce that deficit, but Rangers only need seven points to win the title.
John Kennedy remains in interim charge and the bookies claim he has a chance of taking the job on a full-time basis. But big managerial names continue to be linked, including Eddie Howe, Frank Lampard and Roberto Martinez.
Now, the Sunday Post claim Mazzarri has emerged as an option. The experienced 59-year-old has managed Inter Milan, Napoli and Watford in the past – most recently Torino. The report claims he is keen on a move to Celtic.
However, they may find that they have competition. Gazzetto Dello Sport have claimed – as per Football Italia – that Napoli could replace ex-Rangers man Gennaro Gattuso with Mazzarri, given he has previously managed there.
TBR’s view – Mazzarri would be a decent appointment
Certainly, Celtic need a manager with a big name. Mazzarri has that, given he has the likes of Inter and Napoli on his CV. His time at Watford was hardly impressive, but he did keep the Hornets in the division.
Does he have the knowledge of managing a side like Celtic, that dominate each and every match? Probably not, but he has the calibre that Celtic need. It might see them be able to use the Italian market to their advantage.
A good appointment, and given that he is out of work – one that is easy to arrange. But he is hardly likely going to be first choice at Parkhead.