TalkSport pundit Simon Jordan doesn’t understand why Eddie Howe would decide to wait for his next role following recent reports about him and the Celtic job.
A report last week suggested that Celtic and Howe were ‘closing in’ on a deal that would see the former AFC Bournemouth man take over from interim manager John Kennedy. However, a representative from Howe’s side has reportedly told Sky Sports News that he intends to hold off taking on a new role until the summer amidst ‘significant interest’ from a number of clubs.
Speaking on the issue on TalkSport, Jordan feels that, barring contractual reasons, it wouldn’t make sense for Howe to wait until the summer to take on the new job, and doubts that the 43-year-old will be out of work for that long:
“I can’t imagine, other than a positioning statement, that Eddie Howe will be out of football much longer than is necessary, because you become somebody that’s part of the past. So if he’s been out for a year now – and I suspect some of that might be contractual obligations – but to be out for a period of time that extends upon this summer, I imagine would be incredibly doubtful.
“And by saying that you’re not at a given stage, will push back any desires that clubs have to be able to get him at a certain price and put Eddie back in the box seat of: ‘I want this, oh, by the way, yes, I want the director of football, I want to choose him, I want to choose the chairman, I want to choose this, that and the other’… it made no sense.”
Should Celtic be worried about Howe not joining?
TIF Thoughts on Simon Jordan’s comments on Eddie Howe and Celtic…
If Jordan’s take on the situation is true, then it does mean that Celtic need to hurry up and appoint Howe if they genuinely think that he is the man to take them forward.
Whilst he doesn’t necessarily have to take over the day to day to day running of things straight away, he can wait until the summer to be made ‘official’ and let Kennedy carry on for the remainder of this campaign.
The best thing they can do is lock him down now and at least put themselves in a position where they know what they have got in store for next season. Otherwise, they risk losing out to any of the other reported clubs that are chasing him.