TalkSport pundit Simon Jordan has branded Eddie Howe a ‘coward’ for not taking up the Celtic job when he was given the opportunity.
Celtic’s search for a new manager finally came to an end when they announced the appointment of Australian boss Ange Postecoglou on a 12-month rolling contract at Celtic Park, but for a while there was another name in the frame to take charge.
Reports seemed to suggest that former AFC Bournemouth boss Howe was going to be the man to take over permanently from Neil Lennon, only for the deal to fall through late on, supposedly because of issues with the make-up of Howe’s backroom staff.
But speaking on TalkSport, Jordan seemed to think that Howe should have taken the job and launched a scathing attack on the 43-year-old for not doing so:
“I think Eddie Howe should have run up there and I think he’s a coward for not doing it.
“Eddie Howe should have gone to Celtic, he should have bitten the arm off to take that job because it’s a huge job with huge opportunity. And I think it was too big for him, and I think he’s quite cowardly for not taking it.”
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Jordan is arguably right when it comes to Howe and the Celtic job being too big given his career to date, although the comments about cowardice may perhaps have been a little bit too far.
After the season that Celtic have had, and the immense pressure that is on them to wrestle silverware back from Rangers, as well as become competitive in Europe once again after some dreadful years on the continent, to put that faith in someone whose biggest title so far is winning the EFL Championship to try and invigorate the club never came across as very ambitious and probably is a step too far for him so soon in his managerial career.
At least Postecoglou has shown that he can win silverware consistently and has more experience than Howe.