Celtic’s decision for Eddie Howe crumbles after backstage talks break down as pressure mounts on the Scottish giants to name Neil Lennon’s successor ahead of preseason
- Eddie Howe was Celtic’s No.1 option to be their new permanent manager
- However, talks broke down over demands from Howe’s behind-the-scenes team.
- Celtic are looking for alternatives and are in advanced talks with another
- They seek to regain control in Scotland after Rangers claim title
Celtic’s long quest to land Eddie Howe as new manager has collapsed, and the Parkhead club have now entered into advanced talks with another candidate.
The Scottish giants were hoping to unveil their number one goal to replace Neil Lennon early next week.
Despite Bournemouth losing to Brentford in the Championship play-off semi-finals, however, talks to bring in former Bournemouth technical director Richard Hughes and first team coaches Stephen Purches and Simon Weatherstone in Glasgow collapsed when Howe n was unable to assemble the team he wanted. .
Former Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe’s transfer to Scottish giants Celtic has collapsed
Celtic seek to regain control in Scotland after rivals Rangers rush to title
The 43-year-old had preliminary talks with Celtic’s largest shareholder Dermot Desmond in London two months ago.
In a statement announcing the renewal of season tickets on Wednesday, Celtic told an increasingly furious fan base that they intended to “finalize the appointment of the next manager shortly.” And they thought they had their man.
Asked to wait for Bournemouth’s promotion quest to be finalized somehow, the Parkhead club accepted the delay. Club insiders insist Howe was given a blank slate to appoint a director of football and build his own behind-the-scenes squad before announcing he would not be moving to Scotland.
Howe spoke to Celtic’s largest shareholder, Dermot Desmond, in London two months ago
The Parkhead club were hoping to unveil their number one goal to replace Neil Lennon early next week
With the players returning for preseason training on June 17, the pressure to put in a new boss and rebuild a team in transition is now intense.
Celtic have now moved on to their next pick and are hoping to make a date soon.
The Parkhead club also spoke with Manchester City Under-23 coach Enzo Maresca before the Italian struck a deal with Parma on Thursday.
Discussions were also held with Roy Keane, with former Borussia Dortmund coach Lucien Favre and former Parkhead captain Paul Lambert of other possibilities.
Discussions have taken place with Roy Keane (left), with former Borussia Dortmund coach Lucien Favre (right) another option