Celtic board should act now on Eddie Howe, with Eagles eyeing swoop

By Euan Davidson

February 10, 2021

We’ve already extolled the virtues of Eddie Howe for the Celtic job.

Already linked with the Newcastle United dugout, yet to be vacated by Steve Bruce, speculation is hotting up. The former Bournemouth manager is set to find a cushy landing spot after leaving the Cherries last year. Howe, if you needed reminding, dragged Bournemouth up the divisions, and secured Premier League football for the latter half of last decade.

According to the Daily Mail, Crystal Palace are next up in the Howe queue. The Croydon club are wavering over whether to offer Roy Hodgson a new contract. The veteran manager is now 73, and is beginning to look more and more like an Owl. The Eagles may have other ideas going forward.

One of those ideas is Eddie Howe. The Bhoys’ board haven’t so much missed the mark with Lennon, as they’ve disregarded the concept of a mark. Fans are unhappy with performances under the incumbent manager, and the slip in standards since Brendan Rodgers left in 2019.

The Mail wrote:

“Palace’s long-term vision is to appoint a younger coach and there are some who believe this summer represents the perfect opportunity to carry out that plan.”

Former Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe / (Photo by Robin Jones – AFC Bournemouth/AFC Bournemouth via Getty Images)

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If you were after a young coach with pedigree in the English top-flight, you’d want Eddie Howe. Similarly, if you wanted a manager who develops youth players, Eddie Howe would be high on your shortlist. Managers who have exceeded expectations with a smaller budget? Eddie Howe. Top-flight coaches who have nurtured international talents like Nathan Aké? You know the answer here.

Ok, not everybody is sold on the virtues of Eddie Howe, I understand that. The Celtic job is much, much bigger than anything he’s had before. That’s true, whatever some TalkSport “analyst” will tell you.

Still, there’s a bigger section of the Celtic fanbase who believe that Eddie Howe absolutely fits what Celtic need. If the Eagles swoop in here (I’m sorry), then we’ll be left with egg on our face (again, so sorry), counting the bill (honestly) for the wing-and-a-prayer mentality under Neil Lennon (please keep reading).

Time is on our side, though. Unless Crystal Palace absolutely collapse before the summer, it’s likely that Roy Hodgson will be removed any time soon. So, there’s that, at least. Given the lack of urgency from the Celtic board, they’ll need plenty of time for pre-meetings about having discussions about possibly considering not extending Neil Lennon’s stay at the club.

So, bird puns aside, the more tempting jobs come up, the less likely Celtic are to snare a candidate who would, in many ways, be absolutely perfect for Celtic.

The clock’s ticking.

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