They claim that Celtic have a vacancy in their coaching department following Damien Duff’s move from the reserves to the senior side. O’Dea is the man they want to plug the gap.
Perhaps the move itself isn’t strange, but the timing of it certainly is. The Irishman only joined Motherwell in the summer, becoming the club’s U18s coach.
O’Dea is being a little disrespectful towards Motherwell
Having spent seven years with the Hoops as a player, you can’t begrudge the move. It should be on Motherwell’s terms though.
O’Dea retired at the end of last season. The Steelmen were prepared to let him find his feet in coaching and handed him a role in their backroom.
For O’Dea to want to leave so soon is odd. Of course the glamour of going back to Parkhead would be tempting, but Motherwell will perhaps feel a bit let down, should O’Dea formally make the switch.
This isn’t the first time Celtic have pinched members of the Well coaching staff. Stephen McManus left his role at Fir Park to link up with Celtic earlier this year.
It’ll be disappointing if this goes through. The Well might have expected a bit more loyalty from O’Dea, given he has just arrived at Fir Park.