Surprise candidate in race to fill vacant post.
Celtic have made an official approach for Swansea City boss Roberto Martinez.
Swansea confirmed to BBC Sport Wales that the Scottish giants have asked to speak to Martinez about becoming Gordon Strachan’s successor at Celtic Park.
“I had a call off their chief executive [Peter Lawwell] making me aware that they’d like to talk to Roberto,” said Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins. (BBC Sport)
This would be a great appointment in my opinion but is it one that Celtic fans will applaud? The Scottish side had been linked with Owen Coyle and Tony Mowbray in the past week but both managers appeared to be reluctant to leave their posts at Burnley and West Bromwich Albion respectively.
Roberto Martinez has been a big success at the Liberty Stadium and the former Wigan midfielder has taken to management like the proverbial duck to water and likes his sides to play with a flair and attacking nature that could well be what the Glasgow club would be looking from a post-Strachan era in which the club had a great deal of success but did so without playing in a manner that could be considered exciting.
Clearly Swansea will be loathed to lose their young manager but are unlikely to stand in his way and would surely get a hefty chunk of change in compensation should Martinez indeed opt to take the reins at Parkhead.