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Eddie Howe covers his back as interview shows how we won a watch with Ange

I never thought I would be writing about this guy again. Eddie Howe was the scourge of the year for Celtic as he led the club a merry dance for three months whilst we all waited for him to join the club after the sacking of Neil Lennon.

As the debacle ran on and on, many fans were starting to get impatient with the man that was once touted for the England job.

When he eventually led the club, on the cusp of a promise, to the back of the bike sheds he delivered a last minute knock back as he seemed to get cold feet at the challenge that awaited him in Glasgow.

And his latest interview about the task at hand with his new club, Newcastle, shows that Celtic are well shot of him.

As reported by PLZ.com, Howe was asked about how he planned to stop the club from being relegated when he said, “I can’t make any promises on that, but I can promise that the people above me, the owners, will support the team and support me in trying to achieve what we need. That’s all I can say at this time.

“It would be foolish of me to make rash promises or statements. My priority at the moment is to get the best out of the players we have.”

What a far cry from what we have in Ange Postecoglou. Celtic have a manager full of positivity, a vision for the future and a plan of how to get there.

Howe seemed devoid of any ideas, full of empty promises and a statement that reeked more of I’ll look after myself with being completely non commital.

How lucky are we to have Ange?

Is Eddie Howe doing a ‘Celtic’ as he leads Newcastle a merry dance?

We all remember the Eddie Howe saga don’t we? We also remember to continued speculation as the former Bournemouth boss kept Celtic, and Dermot Desmond, dangling like a cat playtoy as he flip flopped around taking probably the biggest job he will ever get in his managerial career.

As the former Celtic target braces himself for a return to football, he has now ‘entered negotiations’ with the richest club in the world.

Entered negotiations. Deja vu anyone?

If only someone who has had experience of Howe’s tricks would speak up and warn the Geordies that he is merely stringing them along.

I mean. What is there to consider?

Howe is in a no lose situation here. He will be handsomely rewarded with a massive contract.

Newcastle are sitting in the relegation zone, so not only is he not expected to win anything, the Newcastle fans are probably expecting to go down anyway.

Plus, he is guaranteed VASTS sums of money to spend in January.

This is a job made for Howe. Low risk. Low demand. Reputation intact if he fails, and if he is successful? He will be a club legend.

Whereas at Celtic he would have been EXPECTED to win every game. And every trophy. And not every manager, as well as player, can cope with that kind of pressure.

That’s why he was successful at Bournemouth. That’s why Newcastle would appear to appeal to him.

But negotiations are ongoing.

We will see how serious this gets when Newcastle sets their expectations of him.

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“It was nobodies fault apart from Eddie Howe” – The 90 Min Cynic’s interesting take on Celtic’s transfer signings

The international week, thank goodness, is over and we return to the domestic scene this Saturday with Celtic’s home tie against Ross County.

With at least three of Ange’s new signings set to make their debut against The Staggies, the boys on The 90 Min Cynic podcast were discussing the clubs transfer’s and the lack of business over the summer whilst the board waited on their new manager coming in.

We all know that story but when one of the boys brought up the mismanagement of the first team squad and how it had affected the transfer business of the club one of the hosts brought up an interestingly laid the blame at one mans door for that, “We didn’t have a manager and why didn’t we have a manager?

Because Eddie Howe had agreed. He was coming. It was nobodies fault apart from Eddie Howe that he bailed in the last minute.

So, Dominic McKay is sitting in his office throwing darts at a dartboard looking for players and he’s doing it because he didn’t bring in players for a manager he doesn’t know the identity of?

So as soon as Ange came in, again, not ideal, I don’t think that’s anybody’s fault apart from Eddie Howe, as soon as Ange came in, we started signing players Ange wanted by the looks of it.

Straight away Liam Shaw, who was signed by Neil Lennon, who thought ‘He’s a great player‘, apparently, and Ange just had one look at him and said, ‘Nah, not for me‘. So I, again, hate to be a cheerleader for the board or Dom McKay. It’s against my natural instincts, but not a bad job and there’s another transfer window open in two or three months time.”

And there in lies the clincher. For a first window, Ange, and Dom McKay, have both worked wonders to get not only the amount of personnel in that they have, but also the quality of personnel and it will be interesting to see how the team lines up on Saturday as the supporters will be keen to catch a glimpse of their new recruits.

Eddie who? What’s happened to Englands Golden Boy?

With the Ange Postecoglou revolution well under way, the grief and despair the Celtic fans felt when Eddie Howe turned down the Celtic job seems to have dissipated.

The more Ange speaks the more the Celtic fans are taking him to their heart and many will have now forgotten the name of Howe.

Howe was Celtic’s number one choice. Of that there is no doubt. The coach was highly regarded in the English game after the miracles he created while managing Bournemouth, even to the point that he was tipped to take over from Arsene Wenger at Arsenal no less than five years ago.

In fact, it wasn’t so long ago Howe was the favourite to land the England job after the Euro’s should Southgate be dismissed.

It did seem Howe was was holding off accepting the Celtic job just on the off chance that a position came up in England’s top tier, but by all accounts Celtic thought the deal was done but only on Howe’s “word”.

It does appear now that Howe was not good on his word and with that comes wariness. Since Howe “rejected” Celtic, Spurs, Watford, Wolves and Everton have all appointed new managers with Howe getting nowhere near the jobs.

With Crystal Palace still actively looking for a manager since May, it looks increasingly unlikely that the former English golden boy will get that chance.

One thing is for sure. The Celtic fans, by all accounts, are seemingly loving their new boss and will forever be thinking that maybe, they dodged one here.

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