Celtic coach emerges as managerial candidate for Championship club with 'approach made'

Celtic B manager Darren O'Dea is on the shortlist for the Inverness managerial vacancy.  (Photo by Craig Foy / SNS Group)Celtic B manager Darren O'Dea is on the shortlist for the Inverness managerial vacancy.  (Photo by Craig Foy / SNS Group)
Celtic B manager Darren O'Dea is on the shortlist for the Inverness managerial vacancy. (Photo by Craig Foy / SNS Group)
Celtic B coach Darren O’Dea has emerged as one of the preferred candidates for the managerial vacancy at Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

The Championship side parted company with boss Billy Dodds on Sunday evening after a 1-0 defeat at Raith Rovers left them bottom of the table with just one point from their opening five league fixtures.

According to reports, the Highlanders have made a formal approach to speak to O’Dea, who currently oversees the Celtic B team in the Lowland League after a playing career which started at Parkhead and included spells at Reading, Ipswich, Toronto, Dundee and Blackpool.

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The 36-year-old former Ireland international is said to be on a list of contenders which includes former Rangers midfielder and Kelty Hearts boss Kevin Thomson, current Hearts B team coach Liam Fox and ex-St Johnstone manager Callum Davidson.

Sporting director John Robertson has been placed in caretaker charge, along with club legend Charlie Christie, but this is not a permanent move, the club has announced.

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