Howe to Celtic: Bartley explains the way Bhoys candidate transformed £20m Atletico star

By John McGinley

April 16, 2021

As the Eddie Howe to Celtic speculation continues to rumble on, new anecdotes and snippets of information about his managerial style come to light almost every day.

Livingston midfielder Marvin Bartley was on BBC Sportsound last night talking about Howe’s potential switch to Celtic.

He played under the Celtic candidate at Burnley and Bournemouth, so knows all about his coach techniques and demeanour on the training pitch.

Bartley gave great insight into that, also using the example of Atletico Madrid star Kieran Trippier to demonstrate the way Howe can have an impact on individuals and improve their game.

The trio were all at Burnley during the same period, so the Livi man witnessed up close how Trippier’s game was transformed under his manager.

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He told BBC Radio Scotland: “He’ll give you confidence you never thought you could have.

“Also he’ll work extremely hard with players on a one-to-one basis. At Burnley he was in and working with boys from 8:45am. You’d get in and work with him, probably three or four of you, in a small group and he’d rotate those groups each day. You’d get two or three times with Eddie Howe in the morning – Charlie Austin spoke about it just the other day how much he improved him as a player.”

“Kieran Trippier came in and he couldn’t cross the ball at all. Now you look at him – his set pieces are unbelievable, he gets into wide areas, his deliveries are unbelievable. He needs to credit that success to Eddie Howe because I saw him go from a guy who was worse than average at crossing to one of the best crossers around now in football.”

Trippier, who made a £20m move to La Liga in 2019 [BBC], is known for a strong assist record from his position at right full-back and apparently much of that success should be credited to Howe.

The England international was a fresh-faced 20-year-old when working with Howe on loan, before making his move to Burnley permanent.

Eddie Howe during his Burnley days / (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

Howe has previously described the 30-year-old as “one of the best crossers of the ball” he has ever worked with. [Bournemouth Echo]

If the former Cherries boss arrives at Lennoxtown and bring similar development to some of our young players, we could have a very exciting time ahead.

Right now the appointment remains a series ifs, buts and maybes. However, Bartley’s anecdote is good insight into the personal management style that potentially is on offer to Celtic.

In other news, Jackie McNamara on coaching strikers in the modern age as Celtic look for clinical edge.


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