You can’t escape the speculation around Eddie Howe and Celtic at the moment.
From bookmakers to media outlets, fan blogs, forums and social media – his is the name on many people’s lips right now.
It makes a bit of sense. He’s out of work, has managed at an elite level and could bring a new philosophy to Celtic Park and Lennoxtown.
No set of fans knows Howe better than Bournemouth. He’s a legend there, despite last season ending in relegation.
He’s the reason they could consider themselves a top-flight club, taking them through the English divisions to the promised land of the cash-rich Premier League.
I thought it’d be interesting to have a look at what Cherries supporters think of the speculation. Mainly to see if we could glean some insight into the viability or wisdom of appointing him as Celtic boss.
I managed to find a public fan forum called UpTheCherries which, inevitably, had a discussion thread on the speculation. The thread was started last year but has recent posts within.
The story has been making sports headlines nationally over the last week.
It was interesting to see the range of views.
What’s being said about Eddie Howe to Celtic
Like every other English football community, there are a number sceptical of Scottish football.
Others meanwhile certainly reckon it’d be a good move for all parties. Alternatively, there are those who can see the appeal but don’t quite think it’s right for him.
Forum user Silent AFCB wrote: “Said it many times here, it’s the perfect job for him. Low risk, high reward, gateway to “big” clubs.”
User wimborne cherries said: “I personally think it’s too early for him. I think we may see him move somewhere in the summer but I don’t think he’s in any real rush.”
Waz afcb stated: “Regardless of how highly we think of him the reality is that his last job resulted in relegation, football is a very fickle business and that is what will be on everybody’s minds, this is a relatively risk free opportunity to rebuild himself and put himself back in the running for an actual top job.”
User kirsikka probably sums it up from Howe’s perspective with: “I can see the merits of it but it isn’t without risk. I think the major issue is what are Celtic’s ambitions for the next few seasons and will they make money available to him as it sounds like some rebuilding is needed.”
Others seem to think he’s on his way to Crystal Palace. One or two even want him back at Dean Court.
Obviously, this isn’t representative of the wider Bournemouth support, but some of those that know his career best reckon it could be a good move if the Bhoys match the appointment with financial ambition.
Personally, I remain sceptical that Howe and Celtic will end up together. I would be surprised if he didn’t end up in the Premier League by the start of next season.
The decision-makers at Celtic Park have also shown little sign of moving forward with anyone but Neil Lennon. My expectations are low they’ll deliver a crowd-pleasing replacement if he does go.