Carlos Carvalhal reportedly wants to become the new Celtic manager.
Sheffield Wednesday playmaker Barry Bannan has told The Scottish Sun that he thinks Carlos Carvalhal would be a great appointment for Celtic.
The Bhoys have been managed by interim boss Neil Lennon since February, as he made his return to the club after Brendan Rodgers moved on to Leicester City.
Celtic have clinched an eighth straight league title, and could seal a third straight domestic treble with a win over Hearts in the Scottish Cup final later this month.
However, Lennon isn't guaranteed to land the job permanently, and his chances have taken a real dent having lost 2-0 at Old Firm rivals Rangers on Sunday afternoon.
That dismal display means Celtic would be foolish not to consider other candidates, and one former Premier League boss appears to be in the mix.
The Scottish Sun report that ex-Sheffield Wednesday boss Carvalhal wants to land the job, having spent the season out of management after leaving Swansea City.
Now, Bannan – a former Celtic youngster who played for Carvalhal at Wednesday – has offered his view, calling the Portuguese boss 'different class', admitting he left no stone unturned in his efforts to watch opposition.
Bannan added that he'd love the intensity of the Old Firm, especially having managed Turkish side Besiktas, and even believes that he's very similar to Lennon in terms of his passion for the game.
“I’d say if anyone at Celtic was looking for any fashion tips not to go anywhere near him. But, as a manager, he’s different class,” said Bannan. “He’s a great guy, very intelligent too and he knows football inside out. Carlos just had a great way with people and brought everyone together. As a coach he left no stone unturned either and would make sure we were prepared brilliantly for every single match. He’s big on watching the opposition and making sure his players all know what they’re going to come up against in any particular game.”
“He is also a really passionate guy with a tremendous will to win. Sometimes you get foreign managers who find it hard to express themselves. But that was another big thing with him at Wednesday, he got right into it. People talk about the intensity of Glasgow if you’re at Rangers or Celtic but, trust me, he’d love it. Obviously he’d need to watch what he was doing but Carlos is a really friendly guy. He handled the Sheffield rivalry between Wednesday and United brilliantly. Don’t forget, either, that he worked at Besitkas in Turkey and the derbies over there aren’t too friendly. It wouldn’t be like he was being thrown into something huge at Celtic and being caught unaware by the size of the club.”
“I worked with Lenny too, when he was at Bolton. I had six months on loan there from Crystal Palace and he’s another good guy and good manager. Carlos and Lenny are actually quite similar in terms of their passion for the game. If the new manager is to be either of those guys then that’s definitely something the team won’t lack next season. They’re both winners and that’s what it’s all about,” he added.
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