The Premier League manager merry-go-round continues, but Celtic fans needn't worry

By Euan Davidson

May 21, 2021

Celtic hiring a new manager: it’s a saga that’s required Saint-like patience, and now the Premier League may have thrown another twist in the tail.

Today, it was confirmed that Nuno Espirito Santo will be leaving Wolves [BBC]. At the risk of second-guessing you; no. The back-up goalie for Porto in Seville is very unlikely to be the next Hoops boss. It’s surely a case of when and not if, regarding Eddie Howe. Also, the likelihood of the brilliantly-named Portuguese manager taking over at Celtic is considerably remote.

While yes, Celtic are a bigger club than Wolves, Espirito Santo’s previous credentials, along with his work in the English midlands, probably mean he’ll be in mainland Europe, or even Spurs. Tottenham Hotspur are looking for a manager, after all.

While Espirito Santo is a top coach, his Wolves side haven’t been the best to watch this season. Equally, the former goalkeeper signed off on nearly £75m of transfer business [Transfermarkt], but his side finished 12th. That’s five places worse than the season prior.

He does have that continental charm, and links with Portuguese super-agents, which makes him an interesting name, for sure. And while he is an acclaimed coach, he hasn’t actually won anything, despite managing giants like Valencia and Porto. There are probably too many caveats, before we get to whether he’d even be interested.

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However, some worries have emerged about Eddie Howe taking Espirito Santo’s place in Wolverhampton. But, again, some calm is needed here; too much has happened at this point for our number 1 candidate to perform an about-turn. Surely?

Nuno Espirito Santo prowling the Porto touchline / (Photo by Paulo Oliveira / DPI / NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Don’t let the Premier League drama knock us off-course

For all intents and purposes, it looks extremely likely that Eddie Howe will be the next Celtic manager. Yes, his name has emerged as a contender for the Wolves post [Express and Star], but names like that of former Benfica boss Bruno Lage, Frank Lampard, Sérgio Conceição and Scott Parker seem like far more realistic candidates.

Mainly because they haven’t been in talks with Celtic for what seems like an epoch.

The last we heard, Howe was putting together his backroom team, which includes former Scotland international Richard Hughes. What seems clear is that Howe wants to bring in two coaches from Bournemouth, and their play-off chances may well end tomorrow.

It’s an annoying, frustrating and tedious situation. We know for all the world that Celtic take their time, but in pandemic times, with 24 hour news, everything feels so much slower than it used to.

So, yes, there’s a chance this all goes wrong for us, via Wolves, but it’s incredibly remote. Just hold tight.

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