Robinson cites Wilder 'break down' as Celtic open talks with 44-year-old

The Celtic board should hold off on appointing a director of football if they want Chris Wilder to be their next manager, according to Paul Robinson.

The former Spurs and England number one, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the 53-year-old would think twice about taking the vacant position at Parkhead if he did not have full control.

Football Insider revealed on Friday that the club have opened director of football talks with Man City’s football partnerships manager Fergal Harkin.

The Irishman’s appointment would come as part of a major shake-up behind-the-scenes at Celtic Park, with head of recruitment Gary Penrice and head of football operations Nicky Hammond both likely to leave at the end of the season.

It is understood that the club want a director of football of football in place before appointing Neil Lennon’s successor.

When asked for his thoughts on Celtic’s plan to re-structure the club, Robinson told Football Insider:

Subscribe to Football Insider TV now

“I think it is very important to know who your manager is first.

“We saw Chris Wilder’s relationship with Sheffield United break down and they were talking about bringing somebody in to control the transfers.

“He is an old-school manager who wants to see the football side of things, including transfers.

“You have to make a decision as a club. It either has to be a manager with full control or a director of football and a head coach.

“The roles need to be clear. Everybody needs to know where they are at from the start.” 

Wilder is currently the bookmakers favourite to take over at Parkhead, where John Kennedy is currently on caretaker duty.

He left Sheffield United on Sunday ‘by mutual consent’ with the Blades bottom of the Premier League and 14 points adrift of safety.

In other news, McAvennie ‘can’t believe’ Turnbull development as he slams two senior Celtic stars.