Former Bundesliga-winning boss regrets turning down Celtic

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Hindsight is a wonderful thing sometimes, but for former Bundesliga-winning coach Christoph Daum it was anything but that once he realized he messed up by turning down Celtic.

Daum, now 67, won the Bundesliga with VfB Stuttgart in 1992, while also winning the Turkish Super Lig with Besiktas in 1995 and also with his bitter rivals Fenerbahce in 2004 and 2005, so there was a huge pedigree to bring to Celtic.

Following Neil Lennon’s resignation, there was a void at the club – something Daum was urged to fill by Celtic bosses as a result. But after declining the offer, Daum admitted it was a huge mistake – the biggest of his career, he claims.

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“I received an offer to become Celtic’s head coach after being with Bursaspor,” Daum told The Sun.

“If you ask me what has been the biggest mistake of my career, it was not taking this job.

“At the time, I was not ready. I really regret not having worked for Celtic, one of the most remarkable clubs in the world.

Daum would have become the third foreign manager to take control of Celtic after Wim Jansen and Jozef Venglos, but instead Ronny Deila took his place in the dugout.

History is history, and it would be very difficult to see Daum be named in the future – although you never know with Celtic…

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