The Daily Record reports that the Eddie Howe appointment at Celtic ‘remains on hold’ and that this could be the situation until the end of the month.
Despite fans hoping he will be announced imminently, possibly as early as Monday or Tuesday, it appears there’s still a way to go before the official unveiling.
Keith Jackson reckons that the English Championship play-offs remain critical to this whole event. Howe wants backroom staff from Bournemouth, who are due to play Brentford in the semi-finals of that process.
He reports an official appointment is still dependent on their progress. The final is due to be played at Wembley on Saturday May 29th.
Obviously, this doesn’t chime with the Celtic support’s patience, or lack of. It also doesn’t really fit in with the timeline of when the club want to sell season tickets.
It’s been made apparent they will go on sale this month. The appointment of a manager and the ushering of a bright new era would be a massive boost to the advertisement of those renewals.
Getting fans on board for the rebuild is absolutely crucial.
Clearly, making sure we have the right man in place is more important than the timing. If Celtic have to wait on Howe, then so be it.
It’s not a nice situation for our fans. However, only a complete collapse of the deal really changes anything at this point. If it is the Englishman, he’ll already be doing extensive preparatory work for his new job.
I’m willing to wait a little while yet if it’s in the long-term interests of the club.