Bournemouth scout makes interesting Eddie Howe-Celtic claim

By David Walton

January 12, 2021

Bournemouth scout Mark Burchill believes Eddie Howe would be more than interested in taking the Celtic job.

When the pressure on Neil Lennon was at its peak before the end of 2020, Howe was a name on everyone’s lips. The Celtic supporters were all for the prospect of the ex Burnley and Bournemouth manager taking the reins at Parkhead.

However, the Hoops ended up pressing ahead with Neil as they stuck by their man. Now, however, the pressure has been ramped up again after a chaotic trip to Dubai followed a derby defeat. Last night’s 1-1 draw at home to Hibernian didn’t help either.

That’s led to the managerial chat starting up again with our season all but over. And Burchill has told the Celtic Huddle podcast that he believes his former colleague would be keen:

“The thing about being manager of Celtic is, instantly, you are going to be playing in front of 60,000 fans. Not every Premier League club has 60,000 fans and the worldwide support that Celtic have got.

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“Having the opportunity to go and win trophies? I think that’s something that your normal Premier League manager can go ten or 12 years without winning any trophies. So I think that could be something that would entice him north of the border.

“Also, I think the chance to play European football is something that would be a carrot for anyone down south who would look at it and say, ‘I never got the opportunity to work or play in Europe and win cups and leagues’. I think the Celtic job speaks for itself. If anyone gets offered it, you have to think about it seriously.”

Bournemouth was the making of Eddie Howe; Celtic a fine step-up

Howe’s Bournemouth spells really have been the making of his managerial career. It’s easy to forget after his relegation last season just how far he’s brought them. Remember, it was Howe who managed to win promotion. League Two, League One, and the Championship down south.

In the Premier League, Howe managed to keep them up in his first season before building superbly. Remember, he guided the Cherries to ninth back in the 2016/17 season. His side barely flirted with the relegation zone up until last season. His eight-year reign there produced an incredible level of success.

As recently as October, he’s had England fans call for him to become the next national team manager down south (Daily Mail). And no wonder when you look at his CV – you’ll barely find a blot on it.

Former Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe / (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Okay, so his two years at Burnley weren’t overly-impressive. 8th and 13th placed Championship finishes didn’t do much to boost his career, but he was hardly a disaster either. So much so that Bournemouth were desperate to welcome him back.

Burchill currently works as a senior scout at Bournemouth. He also played with the former Cherries boss at Portsmouth too, so he’ll know him well enough to know his managerial desires.

Of course, it’s important to remain respectful too. Neil Lennon continues to be the manager at Parkhead and that doesn’t look like changing anytime soon. But if Celtic decide to change things in the summer, asking Howe what he feels about a career up north is worth doing.

In other news, Ian Maxwell has absolved Celtic from any blame over a major decision regarding the lower-leagues.