Transfer insider Dean Jones doesn’t think that Eddie Howe will be the man to take over from Neil Lennon as Celtic boss.
Following the Celtic boss’ resignation yesterday, the club have appointed assistant manager John Kennedy in charge of the team for the time being, but whether or not he will be in charge long-term is yet to be seen. Since Lennon’s departure, and even before then, there have been plenty of names thrown about who could be his successor, and former AFC Bournemouth man Howe getting plenty of recognition.
Speaking on the latest edition of Touchline Talk (4:32), Jones said that whilst the club have looked into the possibility of bringing in the 43-year-old, he just doesn’t see them making a move and making it official at this point in time:
“Eddie Howe, I think they’ve sounded out before now, I’m pretty like sure about that. But they’ve looked into that one in the past when, you know, Lennon has been clinging on for dear life. Not convinced it’s going to happen at this stage.”
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Jones seems to be pretty certain that Howe won’t be on his way to Celtic Park, and in the grand scheme of things, it is probably right for Howe to stay away from this job even if Celtic are keen on getting him.
Whilst Howe has had plenty of praise for the work he has done in the early part of his managerial career, the latter stages at AFC Bournemouth proved that he isn’t totally ready to take on a big job like Celtic where the expectations to succeed are going to be much higher and immediate, especially after the disaster that this season has been for Celtic.
The 2021/22 season is going to be important for Celtic to see an immediate return to the top, and for that you ideally want a manager with a track record of success to get things sorted straight away. Whereas Howe comes across as more of a ‘long-term’ kind of appointment, and that isn’t really what Celtic should be going for right now.