Lucien Favre is interested in becoming a new Celtic boss, with the former Borussia Dortmund manager throwing his hat in alongside Roy Keane, Eddie Howe and Thierry Henry.
- Lucien Favre was fired as manager of Borussia Dortmund in December
- He was linked to the Lyon track in France, but Christophe Galtier is the first choice
- Favre faces competition from, among others, Roy Keane and even Thierry Henry
Former Borussia Dortmund boss Lucien Favre is interested in becoming Celtic’s new manager.
The 63-year-old Swiss coach was fired by Dortmund in December after a string of poor domestic results.
He led the club to the knockout stages of the Champions League after finishing at the top of the group. A former boss of Hertha Berlin, Borussia Monchengladbach and Nice, he was subsequently fired with Dortmund in fifth place in the Bundesliga after a 5-1 thrashing against Stuttgart.
Lucien Favre wants to become the new Celtic manager, but faces a lot of competition
The Scottish club is taking the time to find the right man to come in and take charge
Now back in Switzerland, Favre is closely linked with a move to Lyon to replace Rudi Garcia when he leaves at the end of this season. Weekend reports in France, however, claim that Lille coach Christophe Galtier is now Lyon’s first choice.
Favre has also been linked with Bayer Leverkusen. On Monday evening, his representatives did not respond to Sportsmail’s questions about the vacancy in Celtic. In a statement released last week, major shareholder Dermot Desmond said the club had begun a process of “ investigation, investigation, interviews and negotiation ” with potential candidates.
Eddie Howe, Enzo Maresca, Roy Keane, interim boss John Kennedy, Chris Wilder and Scotland manager Steve Clarke were all considered replacements for Neil Lennon after RB Salzburg coach Jesse Marsch ruled out himself.
With the potential for an automatic place in the Champions League for next season’s SPFL champions, former Celtic boss Martin O’Neill believes the club is right to take the time in their quest for a new boss. He supported his former Republic of Ireland assistant Keane for the role, telling BBC Sportsound, ‘They have maybe three or four options they want to quit from.
‘Next season is really big, because it is automatic qualification for the Champions League.
‘That is an enormous extra price. It’s £ 30 million. Perhaps it reinforces the argument that Celtic is taking their time – that anyone out there is capable and able to beat Rangers in the big game.
Favre was closely linked with a move to Lyon, but it seems he’s not their first choice
Roy Keane has the personality to begin with. A huge player, iconic figure in the game. ‘He has a very strong will. But he also has the ability to motivate players. Roy has learned a lot over the years.
‘Dermot himself is a strong-willed man. He will know what it takes.
There is still the option of the Scottish Cup and let’s see how John Kennedy is performing.
“If Celtic is going to get the cup, he has to give himself the chance to get the job done.”
Thierry Henry says he is staying on top of the situation and is interested in the job
Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has also stated that he is available should Celtic want to talk. The iconic Frenchman worked as Belgium’s assistant boss before landing the top job at Monaco and was most recently with MLS side Montreal Impact.
Henry told The Robbie Fowler Podcast that he was watching Scottish football and said of the Celtic roll, ‘With all the humility, whatever comes my way – I’m not saying it should come my way. ‘Whatever comes my way, I’m going to try to evaluate. I’m sure they are going to work on what they are going to work on.
“I don’t know what’s going on there, this is a club that I respect a lot, but I don’t know about.”