While no official announcement has been made yet, the rumours do suggest that Eddie Howe is the heavy favourite to be appointed as the next Celtic manager in the near future.
If the move does happen, it will certainly be a very exciting one for the fans of the club. Howe will come with a huge reputation from his time in England, when he managed to guide Bournemouth from the relegation zone of League Two to the Premier League and kept them there for five straight seasons.
An incredible achievement for any manager and it was all done while his side produced some very exciting football. Thus, stylistically he seems to be the perfect fit for the Hoops job.
Former Bournemouth star Simon Francis, who played a long time under the management of Howe does certainly feel that he can be a success at Parkhead. As reported by the Daily Record, he told BBC Sport:
“It’s just great to see because we always used to say in the changing room he was destined to be a top manager.
“For me, he’s the best coach I’ve worked with, the best man manager as well.
“For him to go into a club like Celtic, if it is Celtic, would be a huge coup for the football club.
“I don’t think they realise how good he could be up there. I know the fans are already excited about it, it seems like he’s their number one target.
“The vast improvement he could make on a squad of players with a lot of talent in there already.
“Given time with a pre-season under his belt, he’ll get to know the players and see where he needs to strengthen, he’ll certainly be able to rival Steven Gerrard next season.”
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Celtic fans should be very excited by Francis’ comments on Howe
It is clear that those who have worked with him, rate Howe very highly. At the end of the day, his achievements speak for themselves but it is brilliant to hear former players come out and talk about how good he is as a manager.
This will certainly add to the excitement of the fans regarding his possible appointment in the near future. He is certainly one of the most interesting names that the club have been linked with over the course of the last few months.
There is no doubt that he is a great manager. The question now will be about how he adjusts to a club like Celtic, where he will be expected to win almost every game. That is something that he has not experienced through the course of his career and it will be interesting to see how he deals with that kind of pressure.