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  • Jürgen Klopp: I wish Ronny Deila every success at Celtic

    Jürgen Klopp: I wish Ronny Deila every success at Celtic

    By: Paul Cuddihy on 06 Jun, 2014 16:31

  • BORUSSIA DORTMUND manager, Jürgen Klopp has sent his best wishes to Ronny Deila on his appointment as Celtic boss.

    The new Celtic manager is an admirer of the German coach and his success at Dortmund, and he spent time in Germany, studying Klopp’s caching methods.

    And the admiration is also mutual. As Ronny Deila was unveiled today as Celtic’s 17th manager in the club’s history, Jürgen Klopp sent a message of congratulations to Ronny Deila and to Celtic.

    The Borussia Dortmund manager said: “A great club with great fans gets a great manager. I’m very happy for Ronny Deila and wish him every success at Celtic.”

    Speaking at Celtic Park today, Ronny Deila said: "I like Jürgen Klopp. He's a modern leader and very close to players which is very important.

    “He also plays in an attacking way - he wants to create - and that gives energy to the stadium.

    “Celtic are a big club, but we need to develop players up to a European standard and I like to do that.

    "But I don’t think so much about it. I’m me and when I start working with the boys I will be me. I hope that someday people will say, 'He looks like Ronny Deila'."

    And Ronny Deila’s friend and fellow countryman, Jan Aage Fjortoft, believes there are comparisons between Celtic’s new manager and the Borussia Dortmund boss.

    “Like Jürgen , Ronny has a tremendous thirst for knowledge," Jan Aage Fjortoft told the official Celtic website.

    "After his team won the championship he travelled around Europe talking to people and he went over to see Borussia Dortmund manager Jürgen Klopp to talk to him and pick his brains about how he turned his team into the champions of Germany and Champions League finalists.

    “Ronny lives and breathes football but I think he does that in a healthy way because he has developed a way of managing and developing a team and that is his main strength.”

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