After Bournemouth’s elimination from the English Premier League play offs yesterday, Celtic fans have now been waiting with baited breath to see if the board will now announce the long awaited Eddie Howe as the next manager at Paradise.
Ever since Celtic made their intentions clear of being interested in Howe, the speculation has been as loud as Celtic and Howe’s silence on the move, and now that there seems to be no more reasons to delay concluding the deal, many are expecting an announcement early next week.
Many are, but according to Ian McGarry and Duncan Castles of The Transfer Window podcast, there is still some doubt, and serious doubt at that, over whether Howe is as committed as the Celtic boardroom in getting the deal over the line.
Ian McGarry said on the show, “They (Celtic) have an interim manager. We understand that their pursuit of Eddie Howe is becoming a source of great frustration for both the owner Dermot Desmond and incoming Chief Executive Dominic McKay.
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“It’s not really surprising is it that they should look for a Plan B, given that Howe has had more than three meetings with the Celtic hierarchy, with regards to replacing Neil Lennon and is yet to commit.”
Backing up up the thesis that Howe, or his representatives at least, are hawking his availability to all and sundry, Castles gave an indication on where Howe may see himself and it doesn’t look like Celtic Park, “It’s what probably two months now. They’ve been in this position of stasis where they are signalling that Howe will be the next manager and briefing Scottish media will be the next manager, but they don’t have a formal signature on a contract.
“From our information, Howes representatives are are pushing him for other jobs and it wouldn’t surprise me at all, but Eddie Howe thinks he has an outside opportunity of getting the Tottenham Hotspur job.
“He clearly would prefer to stay in England and stay in the south of England, and feels that he can keep Celtic waiting until he’s explored the other options and has job to fall back on. That that’s quite a slap in the face to Celtic football club”
Whatever the hold up may be, you have to hope, surely, that after all this time and all this waiting, the Celtic board are confident of getting their man because if they are not, then they have left themselves open to ridicule should Howe choose to stay in England and knock back the former champions.
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