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Celtic: Alan Nixon shares Eddie Howe and DoF update

Celtic: Alan Nixon shares Eddie Howe and DoF update - Celtic

Celtic’s pursuit of Eddie Howe is still ongoing, but the Englishman isn’t having a say in the club’s search for a director of football (DoF).

That’s according to reliable reporter Alan Nixon, who answered questions from a Hoops fan on social media on Saturday evening regarding any off-field developments.

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Howe verbally agreed on a move to Parkhead at the beginning of April before having second thoughts on becoming Neil Lennon’s long-term successor.

Reports had suggested that he wanted Bournemouth director Richard Hughes to come with him to Celtic Park but the Hoops were looking at Manchester City’s Fergal Harkin for the newly-created DoF role.

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Nixon, who writes for The Sun, admitted Howe wouldn’t have a say on the new DoF. Asked on Saturday evening if Celtic were still going down the DoF route, Nixon said: “That’s been the plan”.

He was then quizzed on whether Howe would have a say, to which he revealed it is ‘up to the club’ – a possible telling four-word admission. The journalist outlined: “A manager is an employee… if the club want a director of football who is there for the long term that is up to the club to choose and decide.”

Transfer Tavern take

If Nixon is accurate in his reply, it doesn’t look as if Howe will have any input to the club’s DoF decision.

The two parties would need to work closely together in regards to discussions on players and potential signings, but we can see why the Hoops appear to be trusting their own instincts for the position.

If Howe was already manager and had been for some time, it may have been a different story. However, he is yet to put pen to paper on a Parkhead switch, so he can’t be demanding hierarchy assurances yet.

Reports have suggested that Howe is putting together his coaching staff, so that can only be a good sign ahead of a possible move to Glasgow.

In other news: Celtic source claims ‘absolute mess’ behind the scenes may scupper early summer signing, fnd out more here

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