Rafa Benitez favouirte Next Celtic Manager betting odds

Benitez backed by punters for Celtic Park move

Next Manager Betting & Transfers

After yet another Premiership title, the Celtic managerial position looks to be a little unsettled. Neil Lennon came in this season, following the departure of Brendan Rodgers to English Premier League side Leicester. Lennon duly obliged by bringing the Premiership title back to Celtic Park. They will also face Hearts in this season’s FA Cup Final.

Not too bad at all, but is it good enough to see him get the job full time? The position is one that is open as Neil Lennon was brought in just until the end of the season.

Next Celtic manager odds*

Rafa Benitez 8/11
Neil Lennon 7/2
David Moyes 9/2
Chris Hughton 9/2
Slaven Bilic 12/1
Roberto Martinez 12/1
Marcelo Bielsa 16/1
Martin O’Neill 14/1
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on May 16th, 2019 at 4:57 p.m.)

Lennon is the 6/4 favourite  (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on May 16th, 2019 at 4:57 p.m.) to be the man in charge of the club at the start of next season, but punters have been betting against him. After a difficult and somewhat disappointing end to the season, which included a 2-0 loss against Rangers in the last Old Firm derby of the campaign, perhaps Celtic are going to broaden their horizons a bit.

Former Brighton boss suggested

Pretty much immediately after he was sacked at the close of the Premier League season, former Brighton boss Chris Hughton saw his name was linked to the Celtic job. Hughton is at 9/2 to be the next Celtic manager* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on May 16th, 2019 at 4:57 p.m.) making him joint third favourite alongside former Everton and Manchester United man David Moyes.

As each day goes by, a new name is popping up on the list, including Claudio Ranieri, Marcelo Bielsa and former West Ham boss Slaven Bilic. Bilic is at 16/1* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on May 16th, 2019 at 4:57 p.m.) and he sort of expressed some interest in the position.

But what next for Celtic, who will be heading to the Champions League next season in the first qualifying round?

Rafa ready for a switch?

But it is the name at the head of the market, that is perhaps the most intervening. Rafa Benitez is the 8/11 favourite* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on May 16th, 2019 at 4:57 p.m.) and there has been a lot of speculation that the Spaniard’s time is up at Newcastle. Not that the fans or club  want him to step away, it appears to be more about frustration that his ambitions for the club are not being backed by the board.

If the talks between Benitez and owner Mike Ashley crashes (supposedly set to take place this week), then who knows? It wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see Benitez look elsewhere. The purse strings have been super tight at Newcastle and a move to Celtic could free him up. But if Benitez were to leave the club then he would be a heavily targeted man for a lot of other top European clubs. Celtic would have serious competition on their hands.


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