Former Celtic defender Alan Stubbs is all-in on Eddie Howe

By Euan Davidson

March 30, 2021

Former Celtic defender and current Sky Sports pundit Alan Stubbs has backed Eddie Howe.

Howe has been the subject of Celtic rumours for months. Also linked with Newcastle United and Crystal Palace, it seems time is running out on the Bhoys to make a decision. The former Bournemouth manager did a fantastic job on the south coast, taking the Cherries from League One obscurity to the Premier League. All the more impressively, he did it on a shoe-string budget, something that’ll appeal to the Celtic board.

Talking to Sky Sports, Alan Stubbs, who spent 5 years in the East End of Glasgow, expressed sadness about Neil Lennon’s departure. Stubbs only spent one season with the Lurgan-born ex-Bhoys manager, but Lennon clearly had his backing.

Ultimately, though, Celtic have to appoint a new coach. Stubbs seemed pretty confident about how that should be.

He said [Sky Sports]:

“It’s so important the appointment that they make.

“Looking at all the candidates that are there right now, Eddie Howe jumps out as the best one for it. I think he’s a really good coach. He’s done really well at Bournemouth in terms of the job he’s done, and keeping them in the Premier League.

“At this moment in time, of the list of names that’s there, Eddie Howe would be the one for me.”

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

Eddie Howe for Celtic speculation continues to gather momentum

Leaving aside anything you heard this morning, Eddie Howe is still a massive favourite to get the job. A huge number of Celtic fans are desperate for the 43-year-old to join. His tactical ideas, relationships with players and staff, and his overall footballing philosophy tick all the boxes for a significant portion of the support.

There are options for the in-demand manager, though. As we stated, Newcastle United seem destined to sack Steve Bruce any day now. An experienced Premier League campaigner like Howe might be the man for Mike Ashley.

Given that he’s been available since August 2020, you’d have thought Celtic might’ve got a move on if they were keen.

Although he had personal struggles which led him to leaving Burnley in his only managerial stint away from Bournemouth [BBC], everything suggests that Howe is refocused and reenergised after years of service on England’s south coast.

He also has a very public admirer in Alan Stubbs.

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