Former Reading striker Noel Hunt suggests new Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers failed at the Madejski Stadium as a result of being too good for the squad of players at the time, the Daily Record reports.
Celtic fans are excited at the prospect of seeing the Hoops under the guidance of Rodgers, yet as a slight warning their new manager has not had the desired impact at every club he has worked at.
On his CV there is a black mark against his spell in charge of Reading, where after succeeding Steve Coppell and taking over a strong Championship squad he managed just six wins in 23 matches.
Former Reading striker Hunt, however, blamed the Royals’ squad at the time for Rodgers’ sacking as he believes he and his ex teammates simply were not up to standard.
“Brendan came in and he was so, so good. He’s a perfectionist. I got back from my injury in July and he pushed me hard to get fit for him,” Hunt told the Daily Record.
“He has his philosophies on the game. His training was magnificent and he really made players better.
“I actually think we let him down as we weren’t good enough to play the way he wanted us to, to do justice to the calibre of his coaching and management.
“He deserved to be with a top team as he delivered such high quality himself. It’s the best coaching I’ve had and he was good to all the boys – we would have done anything for him.”
Hunt’s comments could provide comfort for Celtic fans questioning why Rodgers struggled so much with Reading, yet they could also provide a warning of a potentially similar scenario.
Celtic’s current squad is better than that Reading team, yet arguably not as good as previous teams Swansea City and Liverpool, so it will be interesting to see how the players adapt to his ideas.
The former Watford man may need time to get his ideas across at Parkhead, although with the Champions League qualifying rounds on the horizon the Hoops really need to hit the ground running.