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I Turned Down Dermot Desmond – Majority Shareholder Failed to Land His Man

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Dermot Desmond then turned to Tony Mowbray for the Celtic hot seat.

Celtic were in transition and needed a new manager after Gordon Strachan left the Parkhead hot seat and like all managerial appointments since Martin O’Neill – they all have to go through majority shareholder Dermot Desmond.

Having watched Coyle take Burnley from Championship no-hopers to Premier League promotion, Desmond made the call and Coyle responded positively.

Coyle, who is now out of football after an ill-fated stint with Ross County has come clean on the conversations that went on behind the scenes in the immediate aftermath of his Burnley side winning promotion to the Premier League.

The chance to manage in the Premier League became as much of a pull as managing his boyhood heroes.

The Irish Billionaire has the final say on who comes in to manage Celtic and it’s then up to Peter Lawwell to do the deal.

Mowbray didn’t last the season at Celtic and caretaker boss Neil Lennon stepped in; the rest is, as they say, as history.
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