Report: Eddie Howe agrees deal "in principle" to become Celtic manager

By Euan Davidson

April 3, 2021

Eddie Howe has agreed a deal “in principle” to replace Neil Lennon as Celtic manager.

The Sun revealed late last night that an announcement could be made as early as the start of next week. The 43-year-old would join after months of speculation linking him to the job. Roy Keane, Lucien Favre and Jesse Marsch had also emerged as favourites following Neil Lennon’s resignation.

It’s understood that Howe would earn as much as £2m a year at the club. Howe, according to the Sun, wants a sizeable transfer budget and ability to select a backroom staff.

The report claims [Sun]:

“…barring a last-ditch change of heart, the former Bournemouth manager, 43, is expected to sign a contract worth up to £2million a year and be officially announced early next week.

“The fine details of the deal were being ironed out on Friday night, but Celts’ chiefs are confident they will get their man.

“It’s believed he has insisted on full authority on backroom appointments and a sizeable war chest to revamp an ailing squad.

“It’s also Howe’s desire for close pal and current Bournemouth technical director Richard Hughes to join him in Paradise.”

Eddie Howe – a hands-on, young manager / (Photo by Robin Jones – AFC Bournemouth/AFC Bournemouth via Getty Images)

A bold new era for Celtic and Eddie Howe

Of course, nobody who wanted Eddie Howe for Celtic can pop the champagne yet. This report only says that Howe has been offered the job, and seemingly has a deal in place. Perhaps a verbal agreement has been struck.

Until we hear from the club directly, we can’t say anything for sure. Some supporters won’t believe it until Howe is pictured holding a scarf, and that’s entirely understandable.

It’s uncertain whether Howe, provided there are no last-minute hiccups, will keep some incumbents in his back-room staff. John Kennedy and Gavin Strachan are the current interim 1 and 2 in the dugout. Whether they’ll be kept on in a reduced role is as yet unclear.

Still, though.

It’s exciting, isn’t it?

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