The season has come and gone. And many Celtic fans will be hoping to forget about it just as quickly, as the Hoops failed to take their chance to secure a historic 10IAR while underwhelming in every other competition that they had participated in as well.
As a result, a number of changes are expected at the club over the course of the next several months as they aim to return to the top of Scottish football as quickly as possible.
A number of new players are expected to arrive along with a new manager as well. And while not much is clear regarding what the club’s transfer policy will be over the summer, Eddie Howe appears to be the clear managerial favourite for quite some time now and it will be a surprise if he is not the man in the Parkhead dugout come next season.
Howe did a terrific job at Bournemouth but he has never managed at a club where he is expected to win almost every game. Thus, many have questioned whether he will be able to make this adjustment. Chris Sutton does not appear to have such fears though. He wrote in his column in the Daily Record:
I’ve heard punters claim he struggles to handle a big dressing room. I see no reason to go along with that.
He is an introvert in terms of his personality but he is extremely assured.
And with regards to that coaching course we were on he commanded respect through his ideas and the way he conducted himself.
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Despite never winning a top division title, Howe will come in with a big reputation if he arrives at Parkhead. He did a brilliant job at Bournemouth, guiding them from the relegation zone of League Two to the Premier League and then kept them there for five straight seasons. That is an incredible achievement for any manager, especially in modern football.
And this was all done while his side produced some exciting attacking football, which will make Howe an even more attractive option for the Hoops.
Now, there is no denying that he has never faced the kind of pressure that comes with the managerial hot seat at Celtic. But he certainly has the ingredients to make it a success.