Celtic fans are in limbo when it comes to knowing who will be the Celtic manager next term.
The rumours, bookies odds, denials etc are coming thick and fast. Today we’ve started the morning with Rafa Benitez replacing Neil Lennon as the bookies favourite to be the next Celtic manager. After a couple of hours, those odds were rubbished by Sky Sports journalist Keith Downie who covers the northern club for Sky.
The journalist claimed the manager’s wages would be enough to make the deal a ‘non-starter’.
So we had a poke around and discovered Rafa was on a whopping €5million basic salary at Newcastle before any bonuses according to Finance Football.
Rafa would receive bonuses for ensuring Newcastle stay in the Premier League as well as incentives for a higher EPL finish.
You’re talking upwards of €6-7million per year before all is said and done. Now that’s money Celtic can’t afford! They also can’t afford to match the ambitions of a manager who commands that much in wages when it comes to the transfer market. There would have to be a seismic shift in either Celtic or Rafa’s outlook for any deal to be done.
It looks highly unlikely.