Celtic interim boss John Kennedy has dropped a hint as to when the Hoops could announce a new permanent manager.
The Lowdown: Howe set to be the next manager
Eddie Howe has been the man most heavily linked with the job following Neil Lennon’s resignation, and it seems as if he’s closing in on a move to Glasgow.
Talks between Howe and owner Dermot Desmond first took place at the beginning of April. Reports from talkSPORT in recent days have suggested that the 43-year-old has now agreed on a deal with the Hoops and will be in the Celtic Park dugout for the 2021/22 season.
Howe is expected to reunite with some members of his Bournemouth coaching staff, with the Cherries currently busy with the Championship playoffs.
Is Howe the right man for the Celtic job?
No, could've done better
The Latest: Kennedy’s hint
Reports last week from a Celtic source insisted that the interim boss was in the dark over the club’s plans and is unsure if he’ll be at Parkhead next season.
However, talking after the 4-0 win over St Johnstone on Wednesday evening, as reported by The Scottish Sun, Kennedy seemed to hint that an appointment could be made as early as next week, following the final match.
“It’s probably got to the stage now where it’s went so long that we’re probably expecting something beyond the last game.
“We’ve kind of got our heads around that.
“Yeah, there’s been an element of frustration from the support but it’s not done out of any sort of badness.
“It’s done because they’re going through the process properly, which is my view of it.
“They’re making sure that they do the right thing at the right time.
“It’s obviously went this far, they’ll obviously have to make a decision soon enough.
“But in terms of the game at the weekend, that will become the priority for myself in terms of preparing the players.
“We’ll come in and train tomorrow as we would, prepare on Friday and we’ll attack the game on Saturday.
“We’ll see what happens beyond that.”
The Verdict: Time to get cracking
In our opinion, the Hoops have no time for any off-field holiday and need to get cracking on several incomings and outgoings ahead of the new season.
You’d expect Howe and new Celtic CEO Dominic McKay to work closely together in regards to recruitment, alongside a yet to be appointed director of football.
It’ll also be interesting to see what this means for Kennedy. Reports last month claimed Howe would be happy to keep both Kennedy and Gavin Strachan, however, with some staff members from Bournemouth expected to join him, could that now change?
In other news: Celtic keen on ‘brilliant’ versatile ace; could move to Parkhead for next to nothing, find out more here.
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