Report: No Celtic reunion for Eddie Howe and Peter Grant

By Euan Davidson

May 27, 2021

Former Celtic man Peter Grant will not be reuniting with Eddie Howe, and will instead take over at Dunfermline Athletic.

According to an exclusive from The Courier, ex-Alloa boss Grant agreed a deal today with the Fife-based outfit.

The promotion-chasing Pars worked quickly to secure a new boss after Stevie Crawford left. Play-off defeat at the hands of local rivals Raith Rovers was enough to lead to the ex-Hibs striker’s resignation [SPFL]. Grant, of course, offers a wealth of experience as a coach, having worked at Celtic under Tony Mowbray, as well as spells at West Ham United, West Bromwich Albion and Norwich City.

A member of Celtic’s Centenary double team and a 4-times Scottish Cup winner, Grant had been heavily linked to a return to his boyhood club. Despite his rough time working alongside Tony Mowbray, the former midfielder was described as an “influence” by Eddie Howe [BBC].

Howe, though, won’t get the chance to work alongside him this time. Dunfermline Athletic offer a fantastic springboard for Grant, who boast amongst the best resources in the league and a more than capable squad.

Peter Grant during his assistant manager stint at Celtic / (Photo by Ed Garvey/Manchester City FC via Getty Images)

Dunfermline is an excellent opportunity for Peter Grant, after turning down reported Eddie Howe chance

Grant, who spent two years with Alloa Athletic, clearly isn’t looking to be a number 2 or 3. Having been the main man at a Scottish club, he knows the SPFL inside-out.

As a Celtic player, Grant made 470 appearances in all competitions [Celtic Wiki], having come through the youth ranks in 1982. The former assistant to Tony Mowbray received a great deal of criticism after the Englishman’s unfortunate run as Hoops boss. However, he’s since built up his CV across England, and had a spell in charge of Norwich City. Unluckily for Grant, at the time, Norwich were in dire straits, and needed significant investment.

Having finished his career as a player-coach at Bournemouth, Grant established a friendship with Eddie Howe that still lasts to this day. When Howe inevitably takes over at Celtic, expect loan deals akin to Ewan Henderson and Kerr McInroy’s stints in Fife to continue.

Oddly, the midfielder, who played alongside greats like Paul McStay, had to deny he had a phobia of fish. Paolo di Canio put something “like a shark’s head” in his bed, when the two played together at Celtic. It’s not entirely relevant, but it’s a good story.

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