David Moyes has claimed that he wanted a move to the Premier League despite holding talks with Celtic.
Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers
Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has told The Scottish Herald that he can understand David Moyes' comments about the Bhoys job - but was personally thrilled to become their new boss.
The Bhoys chose to move on from Norwegian manager Ronny Deila at the end of last season, and a host of managers were linked with replacing him in the Celtic Park dugout.
Sunderland manager David Moyes poses
Eventually, Celtic made an ambitious appointment as they managed to land Rodgers, whose last job was with Liverpool, where he almost won the Premier League title back in 2014.
The Northern Irishman will be hoping to pick up a vital Champions League win over Astana tonight, but he's had to answer some questions stemming from David Moyes' comments about the Celtic job.
When Deila left Celtic, 53-year-old Scot Moyes was touted as one of the frontrunners for the position, having left Real Sociedad back in November, and also had a stint with Celtic as a player.
New Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers poses
Now appointed as the new Sunderland manager, Moyes told The Scottish Sun earlier this week that he did hold talks with Celtic, but overlooked a return to Celtic Park because he wanted to return to the Premier League for the first time since leaving Manchester United in 2014.
It's unclear whether Moyes was actually offered the job or just chose not to pursue it further having held talks, but Rodgers has still been asked about the situation.
The current Celtic manager told The Scottish Herald that he can understand why Moyes felt the way he did given that there's a ten-year age gap between the two managers, suggesting that Moyes may have wanted an immediate return to the Premier League, whereas Rodgers has his whole career ahead of him to go back if he wants to - but for now, he's delighted to be Celtic manager and honoured to have been chosen as the man to replace Deila.
Sunderland manager David Moyes
"Everyone is different," said Rodgers. "I’m sure the club spoke to a number of people but when they asked to speak to me I obviously knew the size of the club and the positives and negatives to the job. But for me the positives of being up here far outweighed everything else at this stage in my career."
"I can see where David is coming from if he spoke to the club but still felt he wanted to be in the Premier League. But for me, I’m different. I’ve got another 15 to 20 years as a coach and I didn’t want it all to be in the Premier League. I’m from Northern Ireland and moved to Reading when I was 16. I lived in Wales in Swansea, then in the north west of England. I hadn’t been to Scotland and was happy to come. They tell me the weather can be good and for me it’s a special experience. Everyone’s individual needs are different but for me I was open-minded when I spoke to the club – probably like David was – and I was honoured to be asked to take it on," he added,
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