Celtic set to tempt Cozier to Parkhead

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England may have not just a new permanent coach to find, but a new chief executive as well. Celtic are ready to offer Adam Crozier a £400,000-a-year deal to decamp to Parkhead.

England may have not just a new permanent coach to find, but a new chief executive as well. Celtic are ready to offer Adam Crozier a £400,000-a-year deal to decamp to Parkhead.

The Scottish side will formally approach the Edinburgh-born Crozier today after approving the move at a board meeting over the weekend.

Crozier is the only serious candidate for the post, and sources at Celtic were confident yesterday that he could be persuaded to lead them into a new era. The former Saatchi and Saatchi executive has denied he is heading northwards, but Parkhead insiders claim he is keen on the post left vacant by the departure of Alan McDonald.

Crozier has met with some resistance at the FA with some of his ideas and schemes and the stumbling block may be how much power he wants, and how much the club want him to have.

In Germany, the hunt is on for a new coach following the sacking of Christoph Daum on Saturday after his positive drugs test. Yesterday, Bayer Leverkusen ruled out the present caretaker national coach, Rudi Völler, carrying on beyond May because of his responsibilities to them.

Daum also resigned as Leverkusen coach and had left the country, the club's commercial manager Reiner Calmund said, adding that Völler would not be available for the Germany job.

"Rudi Völler has a contract with Leverkusen running to 2003 and he will end his work for the DFB on 31 May 2001." Calmund said. "Bayer extended a helping hand following Euro 2000 in many areas and got beaten up for it. No one can expect that from us again. The DFB has enough time to look for another trainer."

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