Ronny Deila has offered Celtic fans an insight into just why he decided to quit the club last season.
Last April, the Norwegian manager announced that he would step down from his post at the end of the campaign – just days after losing to Rangers in the Scottish Cup semi-final.
It had been a difficult season for Deila, with the Hoops struggling for consistency domestically and out of Europe in the qualifiers and then in the Europa League group stages.
Deila did wrap up three trophies in his time at the club, including two Premiership titles which extended their league-winning run to five-in-a-row.
But he’s admitted that the defeat to Rangers left him feeling like the team wasn’t moving forward and it was that result which convinced him he wasn’t the right man for the club.
Deila, speaking exclusively to heraldscotland.com, said: “But this wasn’t a Ronny Deila team that went out that day and I was responsible for that. That is why we decided that enough is enough.
“We played so bad, there was no energy in the team, nothing. That night I understood that if this club was going to go forward and if this team was going to get the best out of itself then I had to do something. I wasn’t having fun, because I wasn’t improving anything any more. We were standing still, or maybe moving backwards. That was when I talked with Peter and we agreed that this was over.”
That’s an honest assessment from Deila when so many other managers would have set their heels in and tried to ride out the negativity which surrounded the job.
He’s now boss of Norwegian outfit Vålerenga and it looks unlikely that he’ll make a return to British football down the line.
As for Celtic, they’ve moved on under Brendan Rodgers, reaching the Champions League group stages this season and going unbeaten domestically to set up a realistic chance of winning the treble come the end of the campaign.
Celtic fans – what’s your view of Deila?