Celtic have made contact with former Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe to ‘assess his potential interest’ in the Hoops job, a source has told Football Insider.
Howe to Parkhead?
The English tactician left the Vitality Stadium at the end of last season by mutual consent after he was unable to keep the Cherries in the Premier League, suffering relegation on the final day despite a 3-1 win against Everton at Goodison Park.
Howe, who was described as “fantastic” by Livingston midfielder Marvin Bartley (via 67 Hail Hail), has been unemployed ever since. With Neil Lennon walking away from Parkhead after a forgetful 2020/21 campaign, there is a vacancy to fill at Parkhead despite John Kennedy taking charge until the end of the season.
Football Insider revealed that the Bhoys’ approach for Howe is at the early stages of their managerial recruitment process.
However, the source reportedly added that Howe is keeping his options open and is believed to prefer a move back to the Premier League if possible, especially Crystal Palace after Roy Hodgson admitted he was “uncertain” about his future at Selhurst Park (via talkSPORT).
Transfer Tavern Verdict
With chief executive Peter Lawwell retiring at the end of the season from his role, we don’t expect to see any changes made until Dominic McKay comes in as his replacement.
This could spell bad news for Celtic, as Howe may already be negotiating with another club to take charge if Lawwell is not making any immediate moves.
In light of this, Celtic may have to move quickly and get a pre-contractual agreement in place if they are to bring Howe to Glasgow.
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