Mills moots 'incredible' O'Neill coup at Celtic after reveal
Danny Mills has insisted Martin O’Neill is not the right man to be the new Celtic director of football.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-England and Premier League defender suggested O’Neill’s legendary managerial credentials means he cannot work above Ange Postecoglou.
Football Insider exclusively revealed on 30 June the 69-year-old was “interested” in filling the vacant director of football role.
As revealed by Football Insider in April, the Glasgow giants held extensive talks with Manchester City’s Fergal Harkin over the post.
Asked whether O’Neill would be a good choice for the role, Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitey: “No.
“I think Martin would want to be too hands-on and opinionated about the football side of things.
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“He’s a fantastic guy, great managed, incredibly knowledgable and really intelligent. But having worked with him briefly and seen him work I think he’s too intense to offer advice and let somebody else do it. If Martin wants something done, he gets it done.
“Also, if you start losing the pressure is on the manager immediately. ‘Get Martin O’Neill in.’ He’s legendary up there.
“I think he’s a very good football man and I really like him, but I’m not convinced the director of football role is for him. With the recruitment, looking after the younger players and everything else, I’m not sure that’s him.
“You always believe you’re a good manager. If the manager isn’t doing it you probably always think, egotistically, that you can probably do better than him.”
O’Neill spent five years in charge of Celtic between 2000 and 2005.
He has been out of work since leaving Nottingham Forest in the summer of 2019.