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Report: Damien Duff Had Talks About Celtic Coaching Role

Report: Damien Duff Had Talks About Celtic Coaching Role

Damien Duff is in line for a coaching role with Celtic.

The Scottish Sun reports that Duff held talks with Celtic regarding a coaching job with the club's U20s.

It is a role which became vacant in September when former Celtic player, Shaun Maloney, left Parkhead to join Robert Martinez's Belgium backroom team.

It's said that Duff would face plenty of competition for the role.

The former Ireland international is currently head coach of the Shamrock Rovers U15 team. That is a job which he was first appointed to in February of last year.

Duff said on Monday that Mick McCarthy was the "outstanding candidate" to replace Martin O'Neill as Ireland boss. However, he could not understand Stephen Kenny being appointed as McCarthy's successor so early.

"Stephen Kenny has done an amazing job with Dundalk but to bring stability back to the whole organisation, Mick is your man," Duff told RTÉ.

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"He's a man you'll follow. A proper personality, a football man.

"Mick's successor being announced already is unheard of in football. I find it strange, a bit mad. John (Delaney) says this is the new pathway, the new vision, hopefully it is a masterstroke but we'll see.

"There are so many what-ifs. What if Mick does amazingly well, gets us to the Euros, to the quarters, semis or final? (Then) He has to stay on.

"I'd like to know what's in the small print. I can see Mick doing well and for him to walk away after two great years... it's crazy stuff.

"On the flipside, Stephen Kenny will be working in the organisation for two years.

"God forbid, I'm sure it won't happen, but let's say the FAI don't like the way he works and he's not up for the job in two years' time. What happens then?"

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