MARK HUGHES and his assistant manager Mark Bowen sat down with A Celtic State of Mind’s Paul John Dykes this week to discuss all things football management.

The former Manchester United, Bayern, Barcelona and Chelsea player has been out of the management game since 2018 when he left Southampton.

During the interview, Hughes and Bowen spoke very well and gave ACSOM listeners some great insight into the inner workings at the club’s they’ve managed.

Hughes also spoke fondly of Celtic playing in his testimonial match for Manchester Utd.

Asked where he would like to land when he returns to management, the Welshman admitted nothings off the table.

“I don’t dismiss any opportunity, at home or abroad.

I’m a professional football manager, its what I do. If the right opportunity is there it doesn’t matter where in the world it is, I will be interested”

“So that has never changed, that has always been a constant through my managerial career.

“Yeah, I’m looking to get back in, I don’t know at this point where it is likely to be or where in the world it will be. It’s changing times, difficult times, obviously but as I said I’m looking to get back in, it’s what I do, it’s what I’m comfortable with. What I’m effective at.

Hughes would not be a glamorous appointment at Celtic for many supporters but could he be the man to lead the new era at Celtic beyond the summer?

If you listen to the full podcast, you will be impressed by both Hughes and Bowen’s work ethic and how they feel about the game.

He would certainly be worth an interview if the job comes up this summer. There’s no way either man would have spoken about the Celtic job on the podcast because Neil Lennon is still in his post.

It’s fair to say the manager hasn’t had the best luck in the game before stepping away in 2018. Could a galvanised Hughes help Celtic find a balance between attacking football and the physical side of the game?


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