Howe agent comments correct


I hear that Eddie Howe’s agent was correct with his comments to Sky Sports last night, while the usual suspects in the Scottish media spun misinformation on top of what Sky reported.  It was likely the same agent who leaked that the former Bournemouth manager met Celtic last week.

It is an agent’s job to raise their client’s profile and flush out prospective employers.  If an unemployed manager is meeting Celtic, you will hear about it; those in a job need to be a bit more circumspect.  None of the latter’s agents have said a word publicly.

As the agent explained to Sky, Eddie does not want to take a job until the summer; I believe this is consistent with what he told Celtic.  Anything you subsequently read about backroom staff forced upon him is nonsense.  It did not happen.  The story is an invention to undermine Celtic, an occurrence which has an obsessional compulsion in some places.

There are reasons Howe is keen to sit on his hands for a few more weeks, the same reasons the agent is talking to Sky and someone leaked the meeting with Celtic (he has not been to Glasgow for any meetings).  There are no vacancies in the EPL right now, but that might change at Newcastle, Southampton (30 mile drive from Bournemouth), or Everton, whom he supported as a boy.  Before Eddie puts pen to paper, his agent will want all potential suitors checked out.  He is not doing his job, otherwise.  This is football.

Right now, Eddie Howe is the only manager whose agent is talking to the media, raising his profile with you and me above those who are speaking only to Celtic.  It is encouraging that we are working with this level of candidate, but until an appointment is made, or another agent breaks cover, we will need to endure the usual tripe from the usual sources.  Still, at least they are not taunting us with Roy Keane this week.


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  1. Can you imagine Lawwell picking a managers backroom staff and handing him scribbles on A4 paper with ins/outs ?



    No I can’t —- we are too professional for that.

  2. If we wait till the summer on Howe then we’ve taken no lessons from of our recent transfer failings.



    We don’t have the time to wait for weeks on Howe.



    Do the Club seriously believe it’s feasible to launch renewals without a manager in place for next season ?



    Good luck with that.

  3. The side article on Howe says –



    Since the exit of Lennon in February, John Kennedy has been in charge of the team for four games and remains unbeaten with two wins and a draw.






    I know I’m getting old……but………

  4. It’s not encouraging me to be honest,nothing to do with the MSM, his agent may be doing due diligence but is allowing mischief to be made from his comments.


    Surely if Howe keen he should be in some way involved ,and if really keen be telling his agent not to be making comments detrimental to the appointment.


    It’s beginning to sound like a reluctant conscript.

  5. I think we have 4 managerial options –


    1. Has done well historically but has been shafted by his club


    selling players he has developed then failed.


    2. Up and coming and not obviously on all clubs radar.


    3. Sees Celtic as a big club and a great job and will accept instantly.


    4. John Kennedy


    Does Eddie Howe fit any of these?

  6. If he wants the job, puts pen to paper but does not officially start until June then fine. If he wants to consider his options, leave us waiting on an answer until June at the earliest then we need to move on and pursue our next option. Main thing is we get this appointment right.

  7. PeterLatchfordsBelly on

    I’m with you on this P67. I’m relaxed whether it’s Eddie Howe or not, so long as it’s someone of that calibre we’ve seen what happens when we go for lower grade managers. It’s not pretty.

  8. PeterLatchfordsBelly on

    I agree with the comments that we can’t be spun along for anyone. Need to put ourselves first.

  9. So, the Club are looking for a new Manager and hunned-up agenda-driven journos are keane to make up guff that paints us and ours in a bad light……………..



    same as it ever was………



    Normally I’d say Howe should crawl on broken glass to get to Paradise – but not anymore……..our managed decline has not only affected our performances and standing it has also taken the special shine off our aura……………..



    My head is so befuddled already I’ll just be glad it’s no’ Roy……….



    HoweNo? CSC

  10. What’s so special about eddie howe.enlighten me????.wilder would be a far better manager in my opinion.!!

  11. GuyFawkesaforeverhero on

    Thanks Paul67,these club updates are beneficial to our mental health.



    Current corporate governance standards require a Strategic Report from a business. Celtic presents a thorough Strategic Report each year but I’ve never seen a paragraph similar to the one below by Bournemouth FC, wherein supporters are included before suppliers and other customers. It reflects a different way of thinking.



    [“The need to foster the Company’s business relationships with suppliers, customers and others”



    The success of the Club requires strong mutually beneficial relationships with supporters, other customers and suppliers. The Club’s fans and commercial supporters are central to the operations of the Company and the board believes that fostering these relationships is hugely important in the overall success of the business. Board members and other senior management personnel regularly take part in discussions with supporter representatives and other groups to ensure that the interests of AFC Bournemouth are fully aligned.]



    For completeness, the link below takes you to Bournemouth FC’s pages and its 2020 accounts. (p4 refers)


  12. Above, Paul says: ” . . .but until an appointment is made, or another agent breaks cover, we will need to endure the usual tripe from the usual sources. ”



    Below is a fair reflection of CQN News Articles and blog pieces since 1st April regarding Howe. Seems CQN is guilty of regurgitating the usual tripe.






    April 1st – Celtic step up Howe Chase






    April 2nd Howe on the Brink


    CELTIC could be in position to rubber-stamp Eddie Howe’s appointment as new manager within 48 hours.



    Hush-hush negotiations between the former Bournemouth boss and powerbroker Dermot Desmond and the Hoops hierarchy have taken place in London this week, as CQN reported last night.





    April 2nd – Howe, Falkirk with a grievance


    You and I have seen enough of the football business to know that even when someone verbally commits to joining Celtic, we should assume nothing. Eddie Howe wanted his next destination to be an English Premier League city, not Glasgow. Right now, the Bat Signal is lighting the clouds, anyone who wants to secure English football’s best young manager had better make their move over the weekend. This is how football works, so let’s not get carried away.






    April 3rd Howe closes in on agreement


    EDDIE HOWE has agreed “in principle” to become the new Celtic manager.


    The great guessing game is nearing a conclusion with the former Bournemouth manager about to agree a contract which still has a few clauses to be rubber-stamped.


    Once the deal is finalised – with salary, length of terms, transfer budget and backroom team all sorted – the Hoops hope to make an announcement early next week, according to the Scottish Sun.





    April 3rd Howe and the Celtic Signing Stampede



    April 3rd Lennon’s warning for Howe



    April 4th Howe targets Captain Cooke






    April 6th June date for Howe arrival


    EDDIE HOWE is on the brink of being named Celtic’s new manager this week.



    However, it appears John Kennedy will continue as interim manager until the end of the season with the former Bournemouth gaffer taking over the hot seat in the summer.



    Talks are continuing with Howe as the fine details of the contract are being put in place before the big announcement. The club and the incoming boss see no reason in rushing into the appointment at this late stage of the campaign.



    The 43-year-old Englishman has agreed in principle to take over the post which was vacated in February when Lennon departed after almost two years in his second managerial stint at Parkhead.






    April 7th Eddie Howe’s fear


    THE fear of becoming a jobbing manager will drive Eddie Howe into the arms of Celtic.



    The 43-year-old Englishman has been out of work since leaving Bournemouth at the start of August. You can be certain he has had numerous job offers in the intervening eight months.



    It is only now, though, he is showing an interest in returning to the dug-out. The lure of managing a club with the history of Celtic is too good to turn down.



    There are some details to be thrashed out, but it will be something of a seismic shock if Eddie Howe is not the man in charge when next season arrives.






    8th April Howe Delay, no panic at Celtic


    CELTIC are refusing to push any panic buttons following the news Eddie Howe’s managerial appointment may be stalled.


    A representative for the former Bournemouth boss has gone public in stating any deal for the 43-year-old coach to return to the game are “extremely premature”.


    The Hoops had hoped to announce the news of Neil Lennon’s successor this week with Howe taking over in June, as CQN reported earlier this week.


    Despite a verbal agreement following talks with Dermot Desmond and the club’s hierarchy in London last week, it appears there is a delay with several issues still to be fine tuned.

  13. Eddie Howe got Bournemouth relegated. Fact.


    Neil Lennon could have got Bournemouth relegated. Fact


    Why therefore should we be “encouraged” that we are talking to Eddie Howe?




  14. JHB on 8th April 2021 11:58 am



    Thats a belter from the poster who went on to facebook/twitter to complain he had been bullied off CQN. Hypocrite but certainly not a surprise, greeting about weans from a greeting faced wean.

  15. I don’t know enough about Howe to determine whether he will be an improvement for us, however no manager IMO is worth all the time and effort, but as is always the case we have probably put all our eggs in the one basket.



    Failure to plan the Celtic way, as opposed to the street.

  16. Current odds on new manager


    Gordon Strachan – 6/4


    Eddie Howe – 5/2


    Henrik Larsson – 6/1


    Roy Keane – 6/1


    Steve Clarke – 9/1


    Michael O’Neill – 10/1


    Rafa Benitez – 10/1



    Eddie Howe was 1/6 last week -go figure

  17. timmy7_noted on

    Went back and read the article, its even worse than I thought, we have needed a manager since Nov and we are no nearer to getting one.


    What an absolute shambles. CEO sourced and in place months ago, priorities at Celtic Football Club.


    Pretty much confirms my £700 will remain tucked up in the bank until after the CL qualifiers.

  18. I know it’s another ‘Howe dee do’ day….HOWEver why do some insist on the trashing of Peter Lawwell, day in and day out?



    I posted yesterday that PL’s trophies per year rate is 1.7/year – Celtic’s entire history is 0.85/year, therefore PL’s record is DOUBLE anything Celtic has ever managed.



    Now supposing Dominic McKay stays in post for five years – to equal PL’s achievement he would have to win NINE trophies. Would he have taken the job if that was written into his contract?



    That’s the size of the task and the size of the hole that has to be filled….and we haven’t even touched on the marketing/commercial/sponsorship side that brings in north of £30m every year.



    “You don’t miss your water till the well runs dry” – let’s hope our thirst is short-lived.

  19. From Previous



    AULDHEID on 8TH APRIL 2021 12:20 PM



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    Agree fully with that. But …….. IF you were running the Club and wanted to keep your fans/supporters on-side would it not be really, really easy to make an official statement (via the SLO or other source) to clarify the steps that are being taken right now (in the most general of senses) in the pursuit of restructuring the Club. At a stroke the supporters are informed, they can dismiss the various ‘experts’ and their (perhaps) tainted views and can give the Club a bit of breathing space as they await developments.



    Instead the vacuum is filled with some well – meaning (and some less well – meaning) gossip and viewpoints, lots of crud from media sources that are not terribly well known for favouring and promoting positive news about Celtic, and a growing feeling (which is not discounted by the Club) that things might be continuing as we have witnessed for a number of years now (and THAT doesn’t fill us/me with great enthusiasm and positivity).



    We just don’t KNOW and that fact lies at the door of the Club. They are in a business that relies heavily on commitment and engagement from their customer base yet they seem to dismiss the idea that they should communicate, how ever generally, with that customer base. That I don’t understand. If they are not aware of the disquiet among the fan base, that I don’t understand either.




    The under lying problem is there is no trust and trust is a two way street.



    I suggest the Board are reluctant to say anything because whatever is said will be seen via mistrust spectacles by a number of supporters with reasons to be mistrustful.



    There has to be a change of attitude on both sides but the responsibility to take a lead lies with the Board, having set the scene for openness first.



    Being truthful would be an epic start but that is not a discernible quality of those at the helm.



    Go Tell The Spartim has it right in terms of the Board’s attitude to the support. It stinks, condescending and arrogant, the natural outcome of not being accountable for their decisions.



    I like to think, and why wouldn’t I, that if Res11/12 has done anything it is to send a message to Celtic that the support are no mugs and if properly led by CST, who have grown in size with new members with a voice in the CST democratic process – their AGM is on 27 April – can endeavour to seek trustworthy relationships with the new CEO.



    Res11 at last AGM, where Celtic undertook to engage with relevant authorities on non application of the judicial rules, surrendered under the toxic 5 Way Agreement, was the result of recognising supporters/shareholders were no mugs with a handle on the truth, a point forcibly made.

  20. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on




    Terrific stuff Pablo. Love it.



    This bit in particular …



    “Anything you subsequently read about backroom staff forced upon him is nonsense. It did not happen. The story is an invention to undermine Celtic, an occurrence which has an obsessional compulsion in some places”



    Undermining Celtic is an obsessional compulsion in some places?



    Is on here one of those places?






    Hail hail



    Keep The Faith



    We’re Not Half of Anything

  21. !!Bada Bing!! on

    Crystal Palace not renewing Hodgson’s contract, they are our main rivals for EH,Desmond will be at The Masters in Augusta, so don’t expect anything until Monday, priorities and all that……

  22. timmy7_noted on

    “I posted yesterday that PL’s trophies per year rate is 1.7/year – Celtic’s entire history is 0.85/year, therefore PL’s record is DOUBLE anything Celtic has ever managed.”



    Comparing apples and oranges total nonsense, he had carte blanche after the huns were liquidated and did nothing with it other than maintain the status quo. By the way its the football team that wins the trophies just in case you find that hard to comprehend. I don’t remember Lawell scoring many goals.

  23. PRESTONPANS BHOYS on 8TH APRIL 2021 12:20 PM



    Surely they are not setting us up for Kennedy😵😱😯



    Aye well i’ve been contemplating this since the rumour about EH wanting his own DOF came out.Personally think it would be the wrong choice.Whats JK done?He has no managerial experience.

  24. AULDHEID @ 12.20 PM (previous Blog)



    ” In terms of the Boards attitude to the support. It stinks, condescending and arrogant, the natural outcome of not being accountable for their decisions.”



    AULDHEID (via Go Tell The Spartim). that hits the nail on the head. There is absolutely no need (indeed there is a requirement not) to feed us detailed information about the future employment structures and personnel, but simply ignoring the fans/supporters/customers is surely now not a realistic option.



    As you said Res12 has shown the Board that the support are no mugs – they should, with immediate effect, stop treating us like mugs. As I said in my original post, keeping the fans informed should be really, really easy, but that would only happen IF you actually thought the support are worth the effort. At the moment the indications are that they don’t think along those lines (you more than most would know that) and as others have stated today if this continues then best of luck to them at season-ticket-renewal time!

  25. !!Bada Bing!! on

    If it’s a case of EH wanting Hughes ,get him in,another salary is a drop in the ocean compared to the millions we’ve wasted in recent years



  26. I remember the years just preceding 2012 when the Ibrox club went belly-up. They were still spending money like it was going out of fashion. Murray & Walter Smith knew the state they were in and where it was inevitably leading them – however egged on by the fan base they carried on spending and we all know where it led them.



    During that time Peter Lawwell was subject to the same kind of vitriol that he is receiving now for not spending as recklessly as Murray – he stood firm in the face of the flack and was proved 100% correct. That was leadership and is why the path to a second 9iar was easier than the first and a quadruple treble clinched.



    Of course mistakes have been made and certain judgements can be questioned – what can’t be questioned is that Peter is a Tim through and through and his record and stewardship will stand longer and stronger than the carping of those who hate him.



    “You cannot reason someone out of a position that they have not reasoned themselves into”



    It is wholly unreasonable to vilify Peter Lawwell.

  27. I lived in the Crystal Palace area for a few years and went along to Selhurst Park and also to Wembley on occasion to see them as I had friends who were corporate sponsors.


    They are a club with no real aspirations or expectations for success. They will yoyo between the EPL and the Championship without too much of a grumble from the fans. That is there level, the fans know that. They will revel in the occasional win against a bigger team and get excited whenever there are relegation/promotional play offs.


    They do not have the wealth to do anything else. They are not going to do a Leicester and challenge for a CL spot because of a change of manager.



    If Howe goes there then it will not be to improve his football CV. It is Bournemouth and Burnley all over again.

  28. Garngad to Croy on




    Crystal Palace fans always seem to enjoy themselves. It is a ground I would like to visit someday !

  29. MARKIEBHOY on 8TH APRIL 2021 1:00 PM


    Interesting, the bookies rarely get it wrong.


    One way or another, we have to have it sorted if we hope to build a credible effort to get into the European theatre.

  30. JHB



    PL done many good things for us and he was rightly lauded for it but his forcing of players on our managers was surely outside his remit.Did he pull the wool over DD’s eyes and finally get caught?I do believe he done a lot more good than bad for Celtic

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