The Irishman joined the Fir Park coaching staff over the summer and worked largely with the club’s U18s. He has now left the club to take up a similar position at Celtic.
He returns to the club where he started his career, making 70 appearances and scoring six goals with the Parkhead side.
O’Dea could’ve shown Motherwell a bit of loyalty
This is a big opportunity for the Irishman. To get a chance to coach at Scotland’s top club is something you can’t begrudge him for taking.
Motherwell gave him the chance to start his professional coaching career at a high level, following his retirement from full-time football last season. O’Dea obviously found the lure of Celtic too hard to turn down at this stage.
Motherwell will perhaps feel a bit let down by this move. They clearly see O’Dea as a promising young coach, so they’ll be a bit gutted to lose him so soon.
This isn’t the first time Celtic have cherrypicked members of the Well coaching staff though. Stephen McManus left his role at Motherwell to join Celtic at the start of the year.
The Well might have expected a bit more time with O’Dea, but alas, their relationship is over after a few months.