Celtic’s hunt for a new manager is already in its tenth week, while the hoops are desperately trying to find a replacement for Neil Lennon.
Their unfortunate end to the season only increased the need for a new head in Parkhead, especially after they were beaten 4-1 by their biggest rivals on Sunday.
What’s the word?
Celtic have been in advanced discussions to bring Eddie Howe to Glasgow for more than a month.
It is believed that the deal has reached its final stage and this may depend on the progress in the search for a football director.
Nick Hammond left his role as a recruit at Paradise in March and is now looking to fill the role by opening a new position.
Fergal Harkin was at the top of the Celtic list, but Howe was trying to keep things going and bring Richard Hughes, his companion to Bournemouth, on board instead.
However, in a surprising update that seemingly contradicts these initial reports, it is claimed that the 43-year-old manager will have absolutely no say in who is preparing in the board of directors of the football post.
Should Howe have a say in the Celtic DoF hunt?
This news was revealed by Alan Nixon on The Sun on Twitter this weekend.
After being asked by a Celtic supporter if Howe had the floor, he did commented: “The manager is an employee … if the club wants a football director who is there for the long term, which depends on the club to choose and decide.”
Desmond finally made things right
The majority shareholder of the club was ruthlessly criticized and embittered by segments of Celtic fans this season.
Mass protests took place in front of Parkhead late last year against the club’s property, but in a revealing interview a few months ago, Dermot Desmond said he would not sell his shares.
For those who protested so strongly, it was a severe blow. After all, the few years of his current term at the top of the Celtic hierarchy were disastrous.
In fact, it dates back to the time when Neil Lennon was hired. The Bhoys received nearly £ 10 million in compensation for Brendan Rodgers, but used it to bring in a discouraging replacement.
Therefore, finding the right heir on this occasion is absolutely necessary. Lennon’s appointment has now taken them back a long way, but since Dominic McKay’s appointment seems to have made some sense in the proceedings.
Now they are closer than ever to Howe and have taken the bold but sensible approach to leave the appointment of a football director to themselves, not Howe.
If the former Bournemouth boss were allowed to take over and appoint Hughes, it could be catastrophic. Harkin has been named a transfer guru, but the latter’s records are unlikely to bring the world to light.
For example, Hughes spent £ 15 million on Jordan Ibe just to see him score five goals in 92 appearances before leaving Cherries on a free transfer.
What Celtic need right now is someone who will maximize the transfer window, not a figure who spends unnecessarily and badly.
Desmond is absolutely right to leave this in the hands of McKay as well, and not be tempted to give the new manager any opinion as to who is hired over him, which in earlier reports shows that this could happen. .
In other news, McKay can create a dream Celtic duo by hiring 42y / o and signing an “amazing” jewel of 97 goals …