David James makes interesting comparison between Deila and two ex-Premier League managers

Ronny Deila

James suggests the Celtic manager's post-match comments were similar to those made by Brendan Rodgers and Sam Allardyce at Liverpool and West Ham respectively.

Former Liverpool and West Ham United goalkeeper David James suggested on the UEFA Europa League Highlights show on BT Sport Europe on Thursday evening that Ronny Deila could meet the same fate as Brendan Rodgers and Sam Allardyce.

Deila is under pressure at Celtic following the Scottish Premiership giants’ failure to progress to the knockout stages of the Europa League this season.

The Bhoys suffered a 2-1 defeat to Dutch giants Ajax at Celtic Park in Group A on Thursday evening and now stand no chance whatsoever of progressing from the group.

Following the match, Celtic boss Deila told BT Sport that the team will go forward, but former Liverpool and West Ham goalkeeper James does not appear to be convinced.

“I can think of two managers in the Premier League who came out with statements of how good things would be in the next season or whatever: Sam Allardyce and Brendan Rodgers,” said the former England international on the UEFA Europa League Highlights show on BT Sport Europe on Thursday evening.

“They both got sacked within a week. I don’t hold much hope for him.”

Rodgers was sacked as the Liverpool manager last month following a run of poor results.

Allardyce was not sacked by London outfit West Ham, but the Hammers chose not to renew his contract after it rans out at the end of last season.

Celtic are almost guaranteed of winning the Scottish Premiership this season, but will that be enough for the club’s board to maintain their faith in Deila after two years of failure in Europe?

Only time will tell.

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