Former Celtic player Mark Wilson has recently made a claim about whether Eddie Howe would be a good choice to replace Neil Lennon at Parkhead.
Wilson was recently hosting the latest episode of the Celtic Huddle podcast and the panel discussed multiple issues involving the Bhoys. They also talked about potential replacements for Lennon and Howe was one manager that they did talk about. Wilson believes that bringing Howe to Parkhead would almost be like bringing Brendan Rodgers to Parkhead.
It was recently reported that while Lennon has the backing of the board, he ‘was shown a yellow card’ after the club’s loss in the Old Firm derby. Howe is one of the managers who has been contacted by the club’s hierarchy, apart from Roy Keane and Martin O’Neill.
Wilson questioned whether Howe could come in to replace Lennon in December when the club’s tenth title in a row is on the line.
He said: “A name on the list there, people keep mentioning – Eddie Howe. Now reportedly, that’s what Eddie Howe is like – very soft, he knows how to manage young players, but in that context, it is almost like a project. Would a manager like Eddie Howe come in and take it at the start of December, with ten in a row in the balance, 25 league games to go? He’s surely a Brendan Rodgers coming in the summer.”
TIF Thoughts on Wilson’s comments regarding Howe…
Howe’s most recent spell at Bournemouth lasted a little less than eight years and he left the club in August earlier this year. During his time at the club, the Cherries earned promotion to the Premier League having been in League Two at the start of his initial spell in the 2008/09 season.
The fact that Bournemouth got promoted in their second season in the Championship and they finished as high as ninth in their second season in the Premier League might be an indicator of the fact that Howe does take one season to get used to new divisions. So if Celtic are looking for someone who can make an immediate impact, Howe may not be the man for that job.