Pundit Tam McManus has recently made a claim about Eddie Howe and how Celtic would have to approach things if he was appointed as manager.
McManus was a guest on the latest episode of PLZ Soccer’s The Football Show and the panel discussed multiple issues involving Scottish football. One topic of discussion was Neil Lennon’s position at the club. McManus talked about Howe potentially replacing Lennon and stated his belief that it would be pointless for the Englishman to come in this season.
Howe has been linked with a move to Celtic over the past few weeks as it was reported that the club’s board had contacted the Englishman. Jim White has even revealed that Peter Lawwell has even had a golfing session with the former Bournemouth manager.
Would it be pointless for Celtic to appoint Howe?
McManus feels that if Celtic do hire Howe, it would be for the next three seasons and the appointment won’t serve the immediate purpose of winning the title this term.
He said: “So if you’re going to bring Eddie Howe in, I think it’s a two or three-year project. You give him a three-year deal, it’s not [until the] end of the season – I don’t think he’d take it to the end of the season, I think it is pointless for him. So if you’re going to get someone like Eddie Howe, then you say, ‘right, you’re here for three and a half years, there you go, that’s your budget, forget about this season, and we’ll build towards next season.'”
TIF Thoughts on Tam McManus’ comments regarding Howe…
Howe was at Bournemouth for just under eight years in his most recent spell at the south coast club. In his second season in the Championship, he helped the club earn promotion to the Premier League. In his second season in the Premier League, the Cherries finished as high as ninth in the division (as per Transfermarkt).
This may suggest that Howe takes some time to get the most out of his team and because of that, he may not come in and make an immediate impression at Parkhead. So to close out the 13-point gap between themselves and Rangers, Celtic may need a manager who can come in and make an instant impact.