Eddie Howe linked with an interesting return to management

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 06 November 2020, 11:24

It’s been three months since Eddie Howe’s eight-year second-spell at Bournemouth came to a close.

His tenure ended in disappointment after the Cherries were relegated to the Championship, but the success he brought to - and the memories he made at - the club across those two spells in charge will simply never be forgotten.

Whatever he decides to do, Howe’s next managerial move is going to attract attention.

A return to the Championship has been touted, although it wouldn’t be a surprise to anyone if Howe is waiting it out for a Premier League vacancy to arise: Slaven Bilic is currently walking the tightrope after enduring a winless start to top-flight life with West Brom.

Meanwhile, there could soon be a job up for grabs at Man Utd, but while Howe has been linked with the Red Devils in the past, he won’t be on the club’s managerial radar should they sack Ole Gunnar Solskjaer anytime soon.

Howe is priced at 21/10 to become the next Crystal Palace manager and 9/2 to replace Steve Bruce at Newcastle, however there are rumours that Howe’s next post could be located outside of England.

Neil Lennon, who is bidding to lead Celtic to a fabled 10th successive Scottish title, has come under an avalanche of pressure following a return of one win from six matches.

During that rotten run Celtic have lost three straight home matches for the first time in 30 years; to rivals Rangers in the league, then AC Milan and Sparta Prague in the Europa League.

"This is definitely a turning point - it won't happen again, that's for sure," Lennon said after Thursday’s 4-1 hammering to Sparta.

"We can't accept that and the players know that as well. I can't defend the players. I've tried to over the piece, but I can't defend them tonight.

"Lack of application, lack of hunger and that's not us, so there has to be a culture change and I've got to change it quickly and the players need to change quickly as well because that's totally unacceptable for a club of our standing."


Could we soon see Eddie Howe back in the dugout?

The result left Celtic rooted to the bottom of Group H, while they are already nine points adrift of Scottish Premiership leaders Rangers, albeit they have two games in hand.

Should Celtic wish to ‘change the culture’ themselves by appointing a new manager, it’s Howe who leads the way at 11/10 in the betting to replace Lennon. #EddieHowe was trending on Twitter in the aftermath of Celtic’s latest loss, in fact he’s still trending on Friday morning.

West Ham boss David Moyes features at 5/1, alongside former Bhoys boss Gordon Strachan, while Chris Sutton is a 50/1 shot…

Should an opportunity arise north of the border, it would undoubtedly appeal to Howe. At their best his Bournemouth side dazzled with their positive, exciting and attack-minded approach, while they also had a real resilience and determination to them, thanks to Howe’s meticulous work rate, diligence and intelligence.

On the flip side, his only job away from Bournemouth was an underwhelming stint at Burnley, while at times last season the Cherries looked both void of zeal and confidence, and struggled defensively. A number of his transfer signings also failed to deliver: Dominic Solanke and Jordon Ibe cost a combined £34.

A fresh opportunity in a new league in a different country could be just the ticket for Howe, who is remarkably only 42-year-olds but has already accumulated over 500 matches across 12 years in the dugout.

Howe-to-Celtic is definitely one to keep an eye on over the next few days, especially if Lennon's men underperform against Motherwell at the weekend.

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