McGowan appeared on the latest edition of phone-in show Superscoreboard and was asked about Howe’s potential Parkhead move. The journalist revealed that the Englishman is already talking to the staff that he’d want in his adventure at Celtic.
The journalist stated that there are certain members of the Bournemouth staff that he wants at Celtic, but the problem is that the Cherries could earn promotion to the Premier League. He revealed that even if Richard Hughes doesn’t join him, Howe has other options.
McGowan had reported for the Daily Mail quite recently, stating that the English manager is piecing together his staff and it is uncertain whether Hughes will join him or not.
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Howe has held face-to-face talks with Dermot Desmond already and he’s happy to have John Kennedy and Gavin Strachan as members of his staff.
While providing more details about the situation, McGowan said: “Eddie Howe is speaking to people about becoming part of his Celtic backroom team. We already know he wants to take Richard Hughes from Bournemouth, he’s a technical director at Bournemouth to head up with player scouting. That one could go either way, I’m less sure about that than I was a couple of weeks ago.
“But if it doesn’t work for both parties – and I gather he’s already speaking to other candidates, he has other options. Some of them are fairly obvious. He’ll probably like to get in Mark Burchill maybe, he’s a Bournemouth scout, former Celtic striker. Coaches were named – Simon Weatherstone, Stephen Purches. There are certainly people at Bournemouth he’d like to get in.
“The problem is, Bournemouth are in a chance for promotion. Six wins from the last seven. They don’t have a permanent manager, so none of this is easy.”
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Considering the progress that is being made on the Howe front, it does seem as if Celtic are going all-in with their hunt for the Englishman. And if the ex-Bournemouth and ex-Burnley boss is identifying staff already, it suggests that he’s ready to move to Parkhead too.
That should be good news for Celtic, especially because the news comes well in time for the next season to begin. An early appointment will ensure that Howe has enough time on his hands to understand the club, which is undergoing a major overhaul.