'Why not?' - Sean Dyche urged to leave Burnley and replace Neil Lennon at Celtic

Former England striker Darren Bent believes Sean Dyche should throw his name into the hat for the Celtic job.

Thursday, 25th February 2021, 9:14 am
Burnley manager Sean Dyche. (Photo by Lindsey Parnaby - Pool/Getty Images)

The Scottish giants are searching for a new manager following Neil Lennon’s resignation on Wednesday morning.

His assistant John Kennedy has been placed in interim charge until a successor is found, with a number of people already linked to the vacancy.

Kennedy, Eddie Howe, Frank Lampard, Steve Clarke and Roberto Martinez are among the early frontrunners but Bent has mentioned the Burnley boss as a potential candidate.

The Clarets chief is the Premier League’s current longest-serving managers after taking charge at Turf Moor in 2012.

During that time, Dyche has established the club as a top-flight outfit and even experienced a brief European campaign.

Bent, now a pundit for talkSPORT, believes the 49-year-old has reached his limits with Burnley – urging him to target the managerial role at Parkhead.

"I think he’s taken Burnley as far as he can go with hardly any investment,” Bent said, who earned 13 caps for England and scored four goals.

“Surely that’s one he’ll look at (the Celtic job) and excite him a little bit because if you look around the Premier League, if he left tomorrow, where is he going to go?

"There’s nowhere really for him to go, is there? Southampton I guess if (Ralph) Hasenhuttl goes but other than that.

"Celtic, a massive, massive football club, why not?”

Reports earlier this week claimed Dyche was on a three-man shortlist – including Howe and Steve Cooper – to replace Roy Hodgson at Crystal Palace, who is out-of-contract this summer.