Eddie Howe has been tipped to return to the Premier League by former Everton striker Marcus Bent amid reported interest from Crystal Palace.
The former Bournemouth manager has been out of work since suffering relegation from the top-flight with the Cherries last season, but Scottish giants Celtic have been strongly linked with his services.
Several reports claimed the Hoops had reached a verbal agreement with the 43-year-old to succeed Neil Lennon at Parkhead, but talks appear to have stalled, and Palace are now firmly in the frame for Howe’s next destination.
Although Celtic and Palace both appear to be possible destinations for Howe this summer, in an exclusive interview with Football Fan Cast, Bent has claimed a return to the Premier League would be the most appealing prospect for the Englishman.
He said: “With Celtic you’re moving away from the Premier League, there’s four teams in that league you can compete with. I think he probably wants to stay in the Premier League.
“Palace, the players and the team are doing ok. He could go in there and bring in one or two players and his backroom staff.
“I’m sure that would be a good move for him, still managing in the Premier League, so I think that would be a good move for him rather than Celtic.”
TIF Thoughts on Howe’s future…
Howe generally impressed during his time on the south coast despite it ending in relegation after dragging Bournemouth up from the third tier to the Premier League.
The next step in the young manager’s career could be a crucial one. There is no denying that Celtic are a huge team and who would offer the opportunity to win silverware and compete in European football, something Palace are unlikely to do.
However, the lure of the Premier League is also massive, and Howe must weigh up whether the chance to acquire some silverware up in Scotland is worth the sacrifice.