SPL - Celtic confirm Mowbray exit

Thu, 25 Mar 14:55:00 2010

Tony Mowbray has been sacked as Celtic manager after the humiliating 4-0 SPL defeat at St Mirren, with reserve-team manager Neil Lennon taking over on a caretaker basis.

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The Parkhead club added in a statement that assistant manager Mark Venus and first-team coach Peter Grant will also leave the club.

The defeat in Paisley - Celtic's worst outside in the league an Old Firm derby for 30 years - left them trailing leaders Rangers by 10 points, and with their Glasgow rivals holding two games in hand the title could be heading back to Ibrox within three weeks.

The loss was Celtic's 13th of the season and seventh in the league.

Celtic chairman John Reid said: "On behalf of the board and everyone at Celtic Football Club, I would like to offer Tony Mowbray my thanks and sincere best wishes for the future. 

"Tony is held in great affection by Celtic fans and it is obviously with great disappointment that we make today's statement. During his period here, Tony has always acted with great dignity as he has done today.

"We are all Celtic supporters, faithful through and through, Tony included. We are all disappointed at the way things have gone this season.

“However, as supporters, we will collectively build again to re-establish the club to its pre-eminent position with Scottish football."   

Former defender Mowbray, who joined from West Brom after £2 million compensation was agreed in the summer, has a lower win percentage than the last eight Celtic managers.

He played for the club between 1991 and 1995 and succeeded Gordon Strachan as manager.

Bookmakers have installed Lennon as one of the favourite to land the job on a permanent bases, with current Norwich manager Paul Lambert also mentioned.

Leicester's Nigel Pearson and former West Ham and Charlton boss Alan Curbishley are also though to be on the short-list, with John Collins - like Lennon and Lambert a former Celtic midfielder - an outsider with Portsmouth boss Avram Grant.

Reda Maher / Eurosport

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