Celtic haven’t had everything go their way in the hunt to bring a new manager to Parkhead. The Bhoys have been dealt with repeated setbacks but perhaps the air is beginning to change.
Lucien Favre has been viewed as an alternative to Eddie Howe by the Celtic hierarchy.
According to Turkish outlet Milliyet, Fenerbahce wanted to bring Favre to the club next season.
However, after discussions took place between the two parties, the Super-Lig outfit performed a major U-turn and decided not to pursue him.
That’s because of the colossal wages the former Borussia Dortmund boss wanted in order to head to that part of the world.
The report states Favre was eyeing €4.5m-a-year at Dortmund – around £75k-per-week. It remains to be seen how much the 63-year-old would be looking for in Glasgow.
After the constant setbacks of the last two weeks, the news that Fenerbahce are now distancing themselves from the Swiss manager should come as music to the ears of Dermot Desmond and the club’s supporters.
The Keane rumour went away fairly quickly but Howe is still very much a target for the Hoops. Unfortunately, there are a number of issues putting the completion of a deal on hold.
The 43-year-old doesn’t want to return to management until the summer while he’s not a fan of the idea of Fergal Harkin becoming Celtic’s director of football. Instead, he wants Richard Hughes to join him, a companion from his days at Bournemouth.
There is also interest from other parties. Both Brighton and Crystal Palace are keeping tabs on Howe who appears to be a man in demand.
Favre is attracting other onlookers too but Celtic’s pursuit of the experienced coach has now received a boost.
If he wants the same wages as he did in Turkey, they can safely wave goodbye to him. Though, it should be easier to lure him to Glasgow now interest is dying down.
At long last, there is some positive news for supporters.