Eddie Howe backed for Celtic job by Hoops legend Stiliyan Petrov April 1, 2021 – Posted in: Soccer
Celtic hero Stiliyan Petrov is excited by speculation that Eddie Howe is the leading contender to be named Neil Lennon’s replacement.
Howe has now overtaken Roy Keane as favourite to be the next Hoops manager following claims that he’s ‘seriously interested’ about the role.
The new manager will be tasked with rebuilding the team after Rangers stormed to a record-breaking 55th Scottish Premiership title.
Petrov, who played 311 times for Celtic, spoke to talkSPORT’s Jim White about Howe and the links to the vacant job.
When asked how he felt about Howe being the favourite, Petrov said: “Excited. He’s a young modern manager and what I know about Eddie and what I heard is that he’s very positive, calm, a good communicator and challenges players.
“The most important thing is he does most of the coaching as well. He does 90 per cent of the coaching through the week, which is important.
“He’s a very attack-minded coach, if you look at his history he plays an attacking system – 4-4-2 or 4-4-1-1.
“He’s a very detail orientated manager who likes to challenge players and makes sure when he challenges players they develop.
“It’s something that Celtic fans will look forward to. It’s something new and different from managers we’ve had before.
“He’s young, hungry, energetic. I’m not surprised Celtic are pushing for him and he’s become the top candidate.”
Howe has been out of work since parting ways with Bournemouth last summer.
The 43-year-old has a huge amount of experience despite his relatively youthful age, with 12 years as a manager across two spells with the Cherries and a brief stint at Burnley.
He guided Bournemouth from League Two all the way up to the Premier League, before they were relegated from the top flight last season.
“When you appoint a manager there’s always a risk but you have to be positive about the person you’re appointing,” Petrov added.
“Eddie Howe has done incredibly well. He’s only about 43, I think he has 11 or 12 years experience coaching. Why not? It would be a great challenge for him and a great excitement for Celtic fans.
“I believe he knows that (he has to take the title back). Anyone in the running for the Celtic job knows they have to hit the ground running, especially after the season Rangers had.
“They have to start winning straight away and put Rangers under pressure. And have European success as well, as the league is not enough.”