Celtic are still yet to announce a new permanent first-team manager following Neil Lennon’s resignation back in February.
The Lowdown: Who’s in the hunt?
Howe actually met Desmond for talks in April (via The Sun) and a deal was thought to be edging closer, but things have since become more complicated due to issues over who would fill the Director of Football position – Howe wanted Richard Hughes to follow him from Bournemouth – while Premier League interest has also thrown a spanner in the works, even leading the Hoops to look elsewhere at the likes of Roy Keane (via Football Insider).
Howe does seem to still be leading the race despite all the complications though, as reliable reporter Alan Nixon has provided an update on the situation.
The Latest: Howe is still Celtic’s man
However, recent reports (via The Scottish Sun) seem more positive regarding a Celtic Park switch, with Howe thought to be finalising his backroom staff.
Nixon, who writes for The Sun, was asked by a Celtic fan this week what the hold-up is on Howe.
“Same thing. Coaches he wants tied in at Bournemouth right now.”
Is Howe the right man for the Celtic job?
No, could've done better
The Verdict: McKay may hope Bournemouth don’t go up
New Celtic CEO Dominic McKay may well be hoping Bournemouth don’t earn promotion back to the Premier League via the playoffs over the coming weeks, as it could impact their deal for Howe.
Cherries coaches Stephen Purches and Stephen Weatherstone are two men who are reportedly wanted by Howe, but should they secure an immediate return to the top-flight, they will earn pay rises, and we feel it is hard to believe they would want to leave a newly promoted Premier League side.
It would make them more expensive for Celtic in regards to wages and possible compensation deals, so really, McKay and the rest of the Hoops hierarchy could be supporting Brentford, Barnsley and Swansea City over the coming weeks.
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