Celtic could be heading one step closer to appointing Eddie Howe as their next manager in a landmark move…
According to the Daily Record this week, newly-appointed CEO Dominic McKay is set to start his role earlier than expected, as the Hoops’ massive rebuild gets underway.
McKay was due to start on July 1st, when Peter Lawwell will step away after 17 years in charge of the Scottish giants. But with major decisions needing to be made on their future, he is expected to quit his current job at the SRU.
It’s thought this move could be announced as early as Tuesday morning, with the Stock Exchanges reopening after the Easter break, some three months early than McKay was originally planned to take the helm.
This surely means that the Bhoys’ next managerial appointment is in sight, having ‘sacked‘ Neil Lennon over a month ago.
The aforementioned report goes onto claim that McKay has already held talks with Howe over the vacant role at Parkhead, meaning this latest update should see that come to fruition before the end of the current campaign.
Celtic are also looking for a new Director of Football to replace Nick Hammond, and it’s believed that Howe has already suggested his former AFC Bournemouth counterpart, Richard Hughes.
This all appears as if the next era at Celtic Park is coming to a head. If McKay does indeed start his new role this week, then the Hoops faithful can begin to get very excited following what has been a turgid and failed campaign.
Given the sheer size of the clearout at the 51-time league champions, we’re certainly about to embark on a landmark occasion – new CEO, new manager, new DOF and likely a shuffle in playing squad too, with club captain Scott Brown already on his way out.
That’s exactly why the Scottish outfit cannot rest on their laurels and why McKay will begin to set the foundations early.
Only a few days ago, reports surfaced suggesting that Howe was the front-runner for the Parkhead job, with The Sun claiming that the ex-Cherries boss had met with Dermot Desmond.
Now with McKay likely through the door this week, we can surely expect the 43-year-old to follow suit shortly after. Excitement should start to increase ahead of the summer for the loyal Bhoys army.
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