Eddie Howe as Celtic manager ‘sorted’ claim as ex-player offers behind-the-scenes deal scenario

Eddie Howe as Celtic manager 'sorted' claim as ex-player offers behind-the-scenes deal scenario

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Eddie Howe at Celtic will be “sorted”, says Charlie Austin as he predicted the former Bournemouth boss would be a success in Glasgow.
Austin, who played under Howe during his time at Burnley, praised the frontrunner to replace Neil Lennon at Celtic Park.

The former Bournemouth boss has had talks with Celtic’s board and is hoping to sign ex-Cherries boss Richard Hughes as director of football in Glasgow.

England striker and expert Austin believes the deal can already be done behind the scenes, with the club holding fire on the announcement until the end of the campaign.

He told the Go Radio Football Show that he expected the decision to withhold confirmation to have been made to allow John Kennedy to see the season without the arrival of Howe hanging over him.

Asked why the club would delay the announcement, Austin said: “Maybe because he wants to end the season and start over, so it’s not John Kennedy’s team, it’s not Neil Lennon’s team and it’s not the old keeper.

“Celtic would have had their ideas on what they were going to do this summer.

“Eddie will already have his plans in place for what he’s going to do in the summer.

“If he has to come in and be Celtic’s head coach from the end of the seasons, then they start over and the real rebuilding from day one after the season ends. So it wouldn’t surprise me if this is what is happening.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – MAY 12: Charlie Austin of Southampton during the Premier League match between Southampton FC and Huddersfield Town at St Mary’s Stadium on May 12, 2019 in Southampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Harry Trump / Getty Images)
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“Speculation, John Kennedy does not need, he will be fed up with being asked the question. “

When he insisted on the issue of player registration, Austin: “I think they fixed the problem. They’re not going to come out and say Eddie Howe is going to be the manager or they have someone else lined up ASAP.

“It wouldn’t surprise me until the day after the season or two days after the manager’s announcement. It really wouldn’t. “

Critics of Howe point to his disappointing spell at Burnley as a reason he might not be successful in the powder keg Scottish football environment.

Austin believes that if he has time left he can revitalize the club after the Rangers dethrone them as Premiership champions.

He added, “I see people saying the job is too big for Eddie, but if you look at the managers who have been there for the past 10 years, Eddie will be the best fit for the job.

“It’s going to be a reconstruction. Celtic aren’t going to knock him down in one season, are they? Let’s be honest.

“He would be the perfect manager to come in and rebuild the football club. Give him two or three years and he’ll have them put a glove on the Rangers again.

“Celtic work is not overnight. “

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