Ex-Bournemouth Physio Flags Up False Dawn: “Can assure you I’m not going to Celtic”

Jonny King, the physio who yesterday announced his departure from Bournemouth after 7 years at the club while looking forward to the ‘next adventure’ has now confirmed that he is NOT bound for a move to Celtic.

Many supporters and several fan media sites last night put two and two together and reckoned that King’s Bournemouth departure signalled the beginning of an exodus of coaching at technical staff from the south coast Championship side, all destined for Glasgow as part of Eddie Howe’s backroom staff at Celtic.

“This season marks the end of our time in Bournemouth, where it has been our home for 7 amazing years!,” King tweeted yesterday. “Thank you to all the staff and players @afcbournemouth for teaching me so much and for the incredible journey. We are looking forward to the next adventure,” he added.

One Celtic supporter contacted  King directly and asked if his phone was going nuts amid speculation that he was heading to Celtic. “Like you wouldn’t believe,” King replied, adding,”Can assure you I’m not going to Celtic though, so can you ask your friends to stop messaging me”.

 

Yesterday we told you that two Celtic sources confirmed that the managerial appointment was ‘imminent’ and this exact word has also been used this morning by John McGarry in Scottish Daily Mail. “Celtic claimed that the appointment of their new manager is imminent – as they unveiled a £2.5million thank-you gift to season-ticket holders.

“The preferred candidate for the past two months to succeed Neil Lennon, Eddie Howe’s move to Glasgow should be ratified any day. With Bournemouth having been eliminated from the English Championship play-offs by Brentford, the 43-year-old has been cleared to talk with trusted coaches Stephen Purches and Simon Weatherstone about moving to Glasgow.

“Howe remains hopeful of bringing current Cherries technical director Richard Hughes with him in a senior scouting role.

Celtic confirmed that the hunt for the new manager should shortly be over as they launched their season ticket push for season 2021-22.Expressing regret over the fact that the pandemic prevented supporters seeing any live action, a statement read: “Celtic’s season-ticket holders during the past year have shown tremendous commitment to the club, standing by us during a pandemic which has changed all our lives, supporting the club at a time we needed you most.

“This is something we will always remember and will always be hugely appreciative of. We are truly sorry you have not been able to join us at Celtic Park and sorry we have not been able to deliver the further success which your support has deserved.

“We understand how difficult this year has been for you and understand the disappointment you have felt. It is something shared by us all at the club.

Photo: Mike Egerton

“We had hoped to have announced the manager before providing this update, and we do intend to finalise the appointment of the next Celtic manager shortly.

“However, we have been encouraged by the recent announcement of crowds at sporting events across Scotland this summer.”

Yesterday we told you how two Celtic supporters including one of our writers, Liam Kelly who lives in Poole, near Bournemouth bumped into Eddie Howe at lunchtime yesterday and asked him about his “imminent” move to Celtic – Howe gave them a big smile and said “We’ll see”.

READ THIS…Big Smiles from Eddie Howe as he responds to manager’s job question from Celtic fans: “We’ll See”

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