Football insider Alex Crook has been sharing the latest details surrounding Eddie Howe’s potential appointment at Celtic as their new permanent manager.
On the subject of Howe potentially being announced as Celtic’s new manager, Crook had this to say on the matter.
He said: “As I said last week, my understanding is an agreement between Eddie Howe and Celtic has been in place for some time now in terms of the wages, and the contract length.
“The continued delay seems to centre around the furniture around him, for want of a better phrase, in terms of his coaching staff, who’s going to be head of recruitment.
“I’m also told he does have small concerns over the list of transfer targets that he’s been presented with by Celtic. I think, ideally, he would like a slightly bigger budget to try and wrestle back that SPFL title from Rangers.
“Celtic, I can tell you are still confident, whether it will be announced this week or early next, well, that’s the million-dollar question at this stage.”
The former Bournemouth manager has been heavily linked with the Celtic job, who saw out the 2020/21 SPFL season with John Kennedy acting as their interim manager since Neil Lennon left the club back in February.
Celtic ended the season in second place in the SPFL table with 77 points after winning 22 out of their 38 league games, drawing 11 and losing five along the way (per BBC Sport).
TIF Thoughts on Alex Crook’s comments on Howe’s link with Celtic…
Given how the official Celtic Twitter page recently tweeted that they had hoped to have announced their new manager before sharing the process for season ticket renewals, this suggests to us that there has been some sort of unforeseen delay in terms of them being able to announce who their new manager will be.
Are you confident Howe will eventually be appointed as Celtic's manager?
In our view, if a deal has been put in place for Howe that he has signed, then the club should announce it as soon as they can to put to bed any unnecessary speculation surrounding the situation so everyone at the club can then focus on the job at hand for next season.