Celtic

A mooted director of football at Celtic would have the final say on transfers and contracts ahead of the new manager. 

That is according to finance expert and Football Insider columnist Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively amid ongoing speculation that Celtic will appoint a director of football as part of a top-to-bottom overhaul this summer.

John Collins recently added his voice to calls for the Glasgow club to create the new role, telling BBC Sport: “Every big club in the world has got a director of football.”

John Kennedy has acted as caretaker boss since Neil Lennon’s resignation last Wednesday as the club are yet to make a permanent appointment.

Maguire claims that a director of football would take precedence over an incoming manager when it comes to transfer and contract decisions.

He told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams: “The role of a director football is to act as the centre-point of a whirlwind, in a sense.

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“Because, if you’re a club of the size and calibre of Celtic, you’re going to have a lot of players who are expensive to recruit.

“Under the current system, if you’ve got a new manager coming in every two years, then that manager will say: ‘I don’t like half-a-dozen of these players because they don’t play my style of football.’

“That can prove very expensive because recruiting a new manager means recruiting a lot of players as well.

“If you’ve got a director of football who is looking at a long-term financial structure in terms of ‘this is the football we’re going to play’ then the manager’s role is simply that of a coach.

“The manager doesn’t get involved in contract decisions, extensions and so on and won’t have the final say on transfers. He will be consulted but his focus is very much on training and being the coach for the first-team.

“If the manager gets sacked or chooses to go, as in Neil Lennon’s instance, you’re looking broadly for someone who will continue the same philosophy of football.”

Maguire previously told Football Insider that if the Hoops were to appoint a director of football it would spell the end of Nicky Hammond’s time at Parkhead.

This site revealed in January that head of football operations Hammond’s position was hanging by a thread and later that recruitment chief Gary Penrice may follow him out the door.

In other news, a top pundit claims John Kennedy doesn’t stand a chance of being named permanent Celtic manager.