Celtic are still without a new manager but the signs are now looking more positive for the Parkhead hierarchy.
The Hoops have been on the tail of Eddie Howe for a month but things are now appearing to reach a conclusion.
Celtic have received some almighty boosts in their pursuit of Howe this week, with talks finally heading in the right direction. The Daily Mail claimed in midweek that a deal between both parties was now being finalised as the 43-year-old begins to pick his backroom staff.
The Scottish Sun had an update on this very matter, revealing a certain set of promises from the club’s majority shareholder Dermot Desmond. In an eye-opening update on Celtic’s manager hunt, the newspaper revealed that Desmond has given Howe full authority over his staff.
They also claimed that the former Bournemouth boss would be given substantial transfer resources and a yearly salary of £2m.
There are a number of factors here which should leave Celtic’s former manager pretty angry.
For starters, Howe has already been promised one luxury Lennon never had – his own backroom staff. When the Northern Irishman took over from Brendan Rodgers in 2019, the Hoops decided to promote John Kennedy and Damian Duff to first team coaching roles instead.
This left Lennon with coaches with whom he hadn’t really worked before and it was very evident on the training ground. The former Hoops boss was never particularly adept in this regard and organised very similar sessions to Rodgers’.
Had he been able to recruit more of his own backroom staff, then perhaps matters could have been improved at Lennoxtown.
Lennon was unable to bring his trusted advisor Garry Parker back to the club when he was re-appointed two years ago, merely being dumped with what Celtic wanted. He did bring in Peterborough’s Gavin Strachan, but that remained the sole appointment from a backroom perspective.
This wasn’t a very big help to the 49-year-old, and with Howe being promised very different things, Lennon shouldn’t be best pleased with the Celtic hierarchy.
The Hoops’ managerial target has a strong desire to bring Richard Hughes with him in a sporting director capacity, while Bournemouth coaches Stephen Purches and Simon Weatherstone could also join Howe in Glasgow.
This marks a major shift from those in the boardroom at Parkhead. Perhaps they’ve realised that their first team manager needs close friends around him in order to succeed.
After all, Rodgers was given the freedom to bring in Glen Driscoll, Chris Davies and Kolo Toure when he was at the club, and Celtic duly won a considerable haul of seven trophies under the current Leicester boss.