TalkSport journalist Alex Crook has all but confirmed the Eddie Howe news Celtic fans were desperate for.

Speaking on Jim White and Simon Jordan’s programme, Crook claimed that “very reliable sources” had told him Eddie Howe was Celtic-bound.

The former Cherries boss led Bournemouth to the Premier League, through successive promotions up the English football pyramid. Known as an incredibly smart, thorough manager, Howe has been the name on Celtic fans’ lips for months now.

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67 Hail Hail first tipped Howe back in March 2019. In the weeks following Brendan Rodgers’ departure, it wasn’t obvious that Neil Lennon would take permanent charge. Ultimately, he did, and after a successful first season, the hopes for 10IAR were dashed following poor results and a fractured dressing room.

Crook told TalkSport:

“I’ve been told from very reliable sources that Eddie Howe is now heading to Celtic for the start of next season. He’s even starting to assemble a backroom team. Some of that backroom team will come from his old club, Bournemouth.

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“Actually, one of the reasons for the delay is of course that Bournemouth are part of the Championship play-offs, looking to get back in the Premier League. That could hamper Eddie Howe’s chances of taking one or two of his former coaches with him to Glasgow.

 

“But Eddie Howe, as far as I’m being told, will be the new Celtic manager in time for next season.”

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Eddie Howe all but confirmed? / (Photo by Robin Jones – AFC Bournemouth/AFC Bournemouth via Getty Images)

Eddie Howe all but confirmed as Celtic manager

Crook has decent working relationships with Bournemouth, and tends to drop exclusives for TalkSport on a regular basis.

Given the history between Celtic supporters and the radio station, it’s fair to say there’s trepidation about this news. Ultimately, until the club confirm it themselves, there’ll be doubts. However, it’s hard to imagine a news entity as prominent as TalkSport declaring this without justification.

Given the last hour or so of activity from Celtic Park, don’t expect an announcement imminently. Still, there’s enough here to suggest that our waiting for the next Celtic boss is finally finished. Not before time, sure, but it’s exciting nonetheless.

Linked with the Crystal Palace [Football 365], Newcastle United [Chronicle Live] and to a lesser extent, the Spurs job over recent weeks, there were genuine concerns Howe would perform a swift U-turn. An agreement “in principle” had been reported by The Sun in early April [Sun]. However, the silence from all parties over the subsequent weeks made it difficult for Celtic supporters to relax about the direction of the club.

Here’s hoping this is finally it.

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