Celtic FC have confirmed Ronny Deila as their new manager, the 38-year-old Strømsgodset IF boss moving to Glasgow on a 12-month rolling contract.
"It is a magnificent honour to be named the new manager of Celtic, one of the world's great football clubs and a club I have such enormous respect for," Deila said. "I know what I want for Celtic and our supporters, and that is the best of everything – it is what our fans deserve. I want to deliver the best attacking, exciting and entertaining football we can play, for the players to give their best every time they take to the field, and, of course, I want my players to work with me to achieve the best results possible and bring trophies to Celtic."
Deila fills the gap left by Neil Lennon, who brought an end to his four-year reign in May having lifted three Scottish Premiership titles and two Scottish Cups. Deila will now lead the Hoops as they – like Strømsgodset – start their UEFA Champions League campaign in the second qualifying round. Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell said: "Ronny likes to play attacking, winning football, the Celtic way, something I know our supporters will endorse."
A hard-tackling central defender for IF Urædd, Odds BK and Viking FK, Deila finished his playing career with Strømsgodset in 2008, becoming the club's coach the same year. His philosophy of giving young players a chance fuelled his success at Strømsgodset, where his attack-minded, passing side won the 2010 Norwegian Cup and last year's Premier Division title. "We are putting our faith in young Norwegians as opposed to buying older, foreign players," Deila explained. "That way, we get more enthusiasm for the team from our supporters and hopefully build a bigger and better club."
Deila is a popular coach in Norway – outspoken and humorous, and well liked by his players. The Norwegian media have compared him to Borussia Dortmund's Jürgen Klopp as a young, modern, dynamic coach. Deila himself says he was influenced by current England boss Roy Hodgson, who managed him at Viking in 2005. "Hodgson is one of the coaches that taught me a lot about organising a team," said Deila.
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