A report from the Scottish Sun has explained the reason for Eddie Howe to Celtic becoming more complicated.
The Sun believes that the Hoops still want to appoint Howe this week. However, it’s been said the deal won’t be done today despite Celtic fans initially believing it would happen early this week.
This appears to be due to the fact that Howe wants Richard Hughes to come in as the club’s Director of Football. The report claims this has complicated matters as Celtic already had a plan in place. Fergal Harkin was one of the names linked with the DoF job. But Howe looks to have identified his own man, with the Hoops still open to the idea.
Thankfully, the Sun reports that Celtic remain confident of luring Howe to Parkhead. They believe Howe wanted to take a full year out of action to spend some time with his family. But Celtic are flexible regarding when he wants to start – whether that be immediately or in June.
Celtic still have a Scottish Cup campaign ongoing as well as five league fixtures remaining this season.
Eddie Howe to Celtic still looks a certainty
In fairness, this is a move that still looks certain to go ahead despite the complications. If Howe to Celtic wasn’t finalised by the end of the week, it would be massively surprising.
But Celtic are also right to be a touch wary of Howe choosing his DoF. Traditionally, it’s the DoF who outlasts the manager. The whole reason in appointing one is so that the club can continue to be stable even if the manager suddenly departs. Similar to how Brendan Rodgers left us in the lurch back in 2019.
Yet if Howe is choosing a DoF that suits him in particular, what happens when he eventually departs? Then Celtic are effectively left with a man running their football operations that they hadn’t previously been considering.
So Celtic can’t be blamed for taking stock of the situation here. The DoF appointment is just as big as the manager who replaces Neil Lennon. It will shape the future of the football club and finalise the path we want to go down.
As for when Howe starts, it would be wise for Celtic to make his official start-date in June. That would allow him to study the team between now and the end of the season whilst ensuring there’s no pressure on him whilst he does so. Howe being out of work helps in that regard.
Allow John Kennedy to remain in charge until the summer. Howe doesn’t need a derby defeat or two on his record whilst he’s trying to work out how to rebuild in the summer. It would be unfair on him, and unwise to create potential problems that can easily be avoided.