Reliable reporter Alan Nixon has answered a Celtic fan’s concern on the Hoops’ ongoing pursuit of Eddie Howe.
The Lowdown: Howe waiting for Bournemouth’s season to finish?
It appears as if the 43-year-old has agreed to take over at Parkhead, becoming Neil Lennon’s long-term successor in Glasgow.
That’s what reports suggested last week, with one of the reasons for the delay down to Bournemouth’s participation in the Championship playoffs.
Is Howe the right man for the Celtic job?
No, could've done better
The Latest: Nixon addresses backroom staff question
Nixon, who writes for The Sun, was asked by a Celtic fan on Twitter about the backroom staff situation.
He was quizzed if Howe couldn’t get his staff, if a deal would fall through, or if it was more a financial standpoint.
Nixon replied, confirming Howe wants his own backroom team. However, he seemingly stated that the Cherries backroom staff aren’t a dealbreaker.
“Howe wants a backroom team. He’s got these guys he prefers. If they don’t come he will have to get others. It can only go on so long though…”
The Verdict: Good news for McKay?
Nixon’s claim should be good news for new CEO Dominic McKay.
If Howe cannot bring members from the south coast to Bournemouth, he will have to look elsewhere. Nixon doesn’t suggest a deal would be off if he can’t take them with him, which can only be a positive.
With a potential squad rebuild on the cards, the last thing McKay needs in his new role is to wait until May 29 for the playoff final and then the deal for Howe fall through due to disputes about his staff.
However, as Nixon mentions, talks can only go on so long, so we feel the next few weeks are crucial in regards to getting a deal officially over the line.
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