Celtic’s move for Eddie Howe COLLAPSES after talks break down over his backroom team, as pressure mounts on Scottish giants to appoint Neil Lennon’s successor before pre-season
- Eddie Howe was Celtic’s No 1 option to be their new permanent manager
- However talks have broken down over Howe’s backroom team demands
- Celtic are looking at alternatives and they are in advanced talks with another
- They are looking to wrestle back control in Scotland after Rangers won the title
Celtic’s lengthy quest to land Eddie Howe as their new manager has collapsed, and the Parkhead club have now entered advanced talks with another candidate.
The Scottish giants hoped to unveil their number one target to replace Neil Lennon early next week.
Despite Bournemouth’s defeat to Brentford in the Championship play-off semi-final, however, talks to bring his former Bournemouth Technical Director Richard Hughes and first team coaches Stephen Purches and Simon Weatherstone to Glasgow ended collapsed when Howe was unable to assemble the team he wanted.
Ex-Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe’s move to Scottish giants Celtic has collapsed
Celtic are looking to wrestle back control in Scotland after rivals Rangers stormed to the title
The 43-year-old held preliminary talks with Celtic’s major shareholder Dermot Desmond in London two months ago.
In a statement launching season ticket renewals on Wednesday, Celtic told an increasingly irate fanbase of plans ‘to finalise the appointment of the next manager shortly.’ And they believed they had their man.
Asked to wait until Bournemouth’s quest for promotion was finalised one way or the other the Parkhead club agreed to the delay. Club insiders insist Howe was given a blank slate to appoint a Director of Football and assemble his own backroom team before breaking the news that he wouldn’t be moving to Scotland.
Howe held talks with Celtic’s major shareholder Dermot Desmond in London two months ago
The Parkhead club hoped to unveil their number one target to replace Neil Lennon early next week
With players due back for pre-season training on June 17 pressure to get a new boss in place and rebuild a squad in transition is now intense.
Celtic have now moved on to their next choice and hope to make a swift appointment.
The Parkhead club also spoke to Manchester City under-23 coach Enzo Maresca before the Italian penned a deal with Parma on Thursday.
Talks also took place with Roy Keane, with former Borussia Dortmund coach Lucien Favre and former Parkhead captain Paul Lambert other possibilities.
Talks took place with Roy Keane (left), with former Borussia Dortmund coach Lucien Favre (right) another option
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