Celtic have reportedly moved a step nearer to appointing their new supervisor with Eddie Howe now the frontrunner after ‘holding talks’ with Parkhead chiefs in London.
Howe has been out of labor since he parted methods with Bournemouth final summer time following their relegation to the Championship.
The Solar declare the 43-year-old has held ‘face-to-face discussions’ with Dermot Desmond and Dominic McKay over the prospect of succeeding Neil Lennon in Glasgow.
Lennon resigned in February, whereas chief govt Peter Lawwell is leaving on the finish of the season to get replaced by McKay who’s shifting from Scottish Rugby.
Howe labored miracles at Bournemouth, taking the south coast membership from League Two oblivion to the Premier League over two spells.
On Wednesday night time, the Parkhead membership introduced that their head of soccer operations Nick Hammond had resigned to ‘pursue new alternatives’.
Interim boss John Kennedy insisted the recruitment course of at Celtic is constant regardless of the departure of Hammond.
Forward of the Scottish Cup third-round tie in opposition to League One facet Falkirk, Kennedy mentioned: “Clearly Nick made the choice to search for a brand new problem and has moved on. He’s a terrific man with a incredible work ethic.
“He got here in and arrange quite a lot of processes behind the scenes that folks received’t learn about to get us overlaying extra areas world wide, bringing in additional personnel to take a look at extra gamers.
“Recruitment was one side of Nick’s job, throughout completely different areas, however we nonetheless have a recruitment staff, we nonetheless have a chief scout, head of recruitment so all of the processes and personnel are nonetheless there.
“The heads of departments, Peter, Neil, Nick, are altering however beneath that the work nonetheless goes on and the board will resolve what’s one of the best ways to maneuver ahead.
“That’s above me, board stage, they’ll make the choices however behind the scenes issues will very a lot maintain shifting ahead the best way they do.”