Eddie Howe won’t be able to take former Bournemouth colleague Richard Hughes with him to Celtic Park, according to a report from Football Insider.
They have been informed by a Celtic source that the Hoops are ‘wary of appointing Bournemouth technical director Hughes after Nick Hammond’s wretched rein’ – 12 words which could have major implications on the club’s pursuit of Howe.
Is Howe the right man for the Celtic job?
No, could've done better
The 43-year-old wanted to bring Hughes with him to Glasgow during talks with the Celtic board, but it looks as if the Hoops are closing in on Manchester City’s Fergal Harkin to fill the newly-created director of football role.
Hammond left his role as football operations chief last month and it doesn’t look as if Celtic want to bring in a replacement for him any time soon.
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In our view, this development could be massive in regards to Howe’s possible Parkhead switch. Celtic don’t look like bowing to his demands regarding a reunion with Hughes, which may possibly scupper the prospective deal completely.
Reliable reporter Alan Nixon has stated that Howe also wants to bring in his own coaches, but they are still in work with Bournemouth at this moment in time. Reports have named Cherries coaches Stephen Purches and Simon Weatherstone as men wanted by the 43-year-old, but it doesn’t look like Hughes will be moving north any time soon.
That could possibly be the deal-breaker which ends Celtic’s chances of giving Howe the manager’s job.
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