Former Celtic player Mark Burchill has recently given his opinion about Eddie Howe and the club’s links with the Englishman.
Burchill appeared as a guest on the latest episode of the Celtic Huddle podcast and the panel discussed multiple issues involving the Bhoys. One topic of discussion was Celtic’s next potential manager after Neil Lennon. Burchill was asked about Celtic’s links with Howe and he believes that the former Bournemouth manager could offer the club what they need.
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Howe has previously been linked with the Parkhead job and it has been reported that the Hoops have initiated contact with him too. While the Bhoys are 21 points behind the Gers and are second in the table, it has been stated that Lennon has been backed to see out the campaign at Parkhead.
Burchill, who is currently working at Bournemouth, was talking about Howe and he talked about his potential suitability for the Bhoys.
He said: “I think the question is what kind of coach is he, and that’s exactly what he is – he’s a coach. I think undoubtedly, that’s his talent – his coaching and man-management, getting the best out of players and making players better. Anyone who’s watched Bournemouth over the last five years when we were in the Premier League, he’s very attack-minded.
“He loves playing two strikers. He loves fast, free-flowing football. Gives the players a structure to play within, but then obviously within that, they can express themselves. On the face of it, he looks like a manager that any club would want that likes to play nice, fast-flowing football – and that’s what Eddie would bring to any job.”
TIF Thoughts on Burchill’s comments on Howe…
Howe’s second stint at Bournemouth lasted from 2012 to 2020. During this period, the Cherries went from being a League One club to being a Premier League club. In the Premier League, they also finished as high as ninth under the 43-year-old (as per Transfermarkt).
This shows his abilities as a manager and it has been highlighted that his approach to the game revolves around keeping possession of the ball and playing attractive football. So because of his past accomplishments and playing style, he could well be a pretty good option to start a rebuild at Celtic.