Paul Cooney, host of the Go Radio Football Show, proclaimed that the deal to bring Eddie Howe to Celtic was done. Yesterday, there was a potential spanner thrown into the works as a representative of Howe claimed that no deal was done at this stage and the 43-year-old Englishman was deciding on his future. Although, Cooney said that the word from sources close to Howe believe that a deal will be done to bring the former Bournemouth boss to Celtic Park in the summer.
“The word is though, sources close to him that it looks as though he’s coming. It’s about when. He knew Crystal Palace would come up, probably.
“Newcastle may come up, others may come and if it’s absolutely massive one then maybe he won’t but the word is the deal is done, and he’s going to come”
After eight years with Bournemouth, Howe left the Cherries with an enormity of goodwill having continued to punch above the weight of the small, costal side against the financial might of the Premier League. Howe’s stock in England is still high but Celtic look to have convinced him of the project that is underway in Glasgow with a new footballing operations ongoing.
So far there has been no announcement of Howe coming to Celtic, which is the cause of anxiety in the Celtic support. This is something that the club need to make sure they get right but equally they need a manager that believes in the project. If Howe is the man, it is likely that he will take over in the summer as John Kennedy continues to take the team.
In a 2020 interview, Howe admitted that he needed to move his family away from Bournemouth in 2011 in order to fully commit to the job at Burnley. Ultimately a bereavement resulted in him resigning but the point he made could very well remain, he couldn’t fully commit to a club if he was able to easily return back to his home on the south coast – which would rule Crystal Palace out.
Howe has been out of work since leaving relegated Bournemouth in the summer and will look to appoint a manager since Neil Lennon left his role with 10IAR all but over. Howe represents the modern manager and exactly who Celtic should be targeting.