EDDIE HOWE will NOT become the new Celtic manager.

Astounding news emerged this evening that the former Bournemouth boss had run out of time and the Hoops hierarchy decided they had to look elsewhere for a new gaffer for a successor to Neil Lennon following his departure in February.

A club statement read:

‘Following very positive and detailed discussions with Eddie Howe, with the belief that he would be an excellent candidate for the position of Celtic Manager, we allowed time for the process, given he’d previously made it clear he was not looking to return to management until this summer at the earliest.

‘We can now confirm that Eddie will not be joining the Club, for reasons outwith both his and Celtic’s control.’We wish Eddie success for the future.

‘As part of the ongoing process we have engaged with a number of candidates. We fully appreciate our fans will be seeking clarity on this matter and we aim, very shortly, to announce the appointment of a Manager with the quality and desire to take Celtic forward and bring further success to our supporters.’

It was expected Howe would take over from Lennon, but too many complications have arisen in the final rundown.

An announcement from the club on a new manager will be made shortly.


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