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Celtic Want Martinez As New Manager

Celtic Want Martinez As New Manager

Celtic want Roberto Martinez to take over from Gordon Strachan as their new manager at Celtic Park.

Chairman Huw Jenkins has revealed to BBC Sport that he has received an official approach from the SPL club about Roberto Martinez.

by keith margam
"There is not one manager I can think of who could replace him and his brand of football."
Celtic missed out on the Scottish Premier League title to Rangers and as a result Gordon Strachan stepped down as manager.

Slaven Bilic and Tony Mowbray have been linked with the job while we're hoping Martinez follows in the footsteps of Everton's David Moyes and Burnley's Owen Coyle, who have both stayed loyal to their respected clubs.

Huw Jenkins said:

'I had a call off their chief executive [Peter Lawwell] making me aware that they'd like to talk to Roberto,'

'Like I've always done I refused that until I've spoken to Roberto myself and talked things through.'

'I'll probably speak to him [Martinez] between now and Wednesday but later on in the week he'll be back home to run through his thoughts with me,' Jenkins added.

'First and foremost it's about his position here and how we see that, and we'll consider all that first before any sort of what else he may do.

'I think you've got to respect... what type of club Celtic are and what opportunities exist - perhaps not in the [Scottish Premier] League but certainly in the Champions League - and the size of the club.

'Naturally I suppose that interest would require anybody to sit and consider their position.

'It's basically up to him how he sees it, I think there's certainly no possibility in us forcing any issue.

'Roberto has got to consider his future and where his commitment lies.'

Every Swansea fan in the country will be hoping that Martinez keeps his word as he said when he returned that he'll have to be forced out to leave the Swans - just like he was as a player under boss Kenny Jackett.

The Bookies have slashed their odds in the last 24 hours and he is now favourite to take over at Celtic, with odds as low as 2/1.

Martinez is obviously unproven at a level any higher than the Championship and I'm sure Celtic fans would prefer someone with a better track record and a background within the Scottish Premier League.

They'll be looking for instant success next season after missing out on the League title and League Cup, is Martinez the man to deliver that?

Martinez has watched a lot of Scottish League football since becoming a manager 2 years ago and has a long list of targets that play up there. Jason Scotland, Dorus De Vries and Stephen Dobbie signed from Scottish Division 1 sides, former Hearts winger Mikoliunas could also follow.

What are your views on this story? Will Martinez leave the club to join Celtic or will he stay in South Wales?

Celtic fans - what are your thoughts on your club wanting Martinez as your new manager?

Share your thoughts below or you can discuss this in the forum here

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Date:Monday June 1 2009
Time: 12:52PM

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Doesn't look good does it if he's considering his options, rather than instantly saying that his future lies with us. he criticises players loyalty for leaving the swans and he needs to show his now.
01/06/2009 13:38:00
well hopfully roberto will do the right thing as shud any manager who is under contract and still has alot to achieve with the club he,s at.
01/06/2009 14:38:00
Scottish prem is at championship level at best, the lure of champions league football is the only thing going for them
01/06/2009 14:45:00
Like it said in the article Celtic will want instant sucess after missing out on the league and league cup he'll have a lot of expectation on his shoulders and don't forget only 2 years of being gaffer big club for such an inexperence man
01/06/2009 16:23:00
I wonder if he's even top of their wanted list. He's one of a number of others they're in talks with but if he does want the job he's a step closer to leaving which would be a massive blow for us. There's a lot of mixed views amongst the Celtic, some want him others are angry they're targetting him!
01/06/2009 16:43:00
if he does go he'll go way down in my estimations because I don't think this is a great job and great challenge that will boost his career. Surely Premiership football is far far better than SPL.
01/06/2009 16:51:00
We need to gather outside the stadium when he returns from hols, to show him how we feel
01/06/2009 16:53:00
A gathering outside the stadium will make no difference. He will have already made up his mind by the time he returns.
01/06/2009 18:09:00
Even in this cynical world of ours, I still believe the Roberto will stay. He has made his promise to all of us that he has a job to do at Swansea. (he said he would leave us as an estabilshed premier league team) I take the man at his word so he will stay. In all the press talks he has had the impression I am left with is that he is an hounarable man. All you have to do is think of what type of players he is wanting at the club respectable on an off the park. Long live EL GAFFER
01/06/2009 19:47:00
Cheerio, cheerio cheerio. adiĆ³s
01/06/2009 20:20:00
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