Report: Celtic insiders believe other clubs had begun to woo Eddie Howe

By John McGinley

May 29, 2021

Celtic insiders are of the belief that former managerial target Eddie Howe had begun to be wooed by other clubs, The Telegraph reports.

As we reported yesterday afternoon, Celtic claim the primary reason for the collapse in talks with Howe is because the former Bournemouth boss couldn’t deliver the backroom staff he wanted to work with at the club.

The Telegraph report from Roddy Forsyth backs that up, but also states that there is a belief ‘other suitors’ had begun to woo the 43-year-old.

Forsyth also cites Celtic Park sources who indicated to him that the shocking and unacceptable recent incident at outgoing chief executive Peter Lawwell’s home played a part in convincing Howe and his potential staff not to move to Glasgow.

These reported reasons make more sense than the vague assertion in Celtic’s statement to the wider support that Howe’s failed move was outwith the control of the Bhoys and the man himself.

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Regardless of the cause, the only relevant fact is that Celtic say the move is now not happening.

The club have apparently quickly refocused their efforts on another candidate, Ange Postecoglou.

That can’t be a long drawn out affair if the club have any hope of winning over supporters to that project.

Celtic have been heavily linked with Ange Postecoglou / (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

The Howe saga has been pretty brutal from all angles. For supporters, for the club, perhaps even for the man himself.

However, we can’t let it distract the club’s rebuild too much. There are important dates on the immediate horizon and the quicker the club moves on the better.

In other news, the Australian reaction to Postecoglou Celtic chat has been vastly different to the Scottish one.