Eddie Howe rejects claims that he made a U-turn at Celtic at the last minute when the Newcastle manager reveals that he turned down the job because he was unable to bring his backroom staff to Glasgow.
- Newcastle boss Eddie Howe was strongly linked to accepting Celtic’s job previously.
- The former Bournemouth manager said he didn’t change his mind at the last minute
- He has revealed that he was unable to reunite his back room team at Celtic.
Eddie Howe has admitted for the first time that he retired from Celtic’s job because he was unable to bring his back-room staff to Glasgow.
But the new Newcastle United manager claimed he didn’t make a last-minute U-turn and says he was always honest in his dealings with the Parkhead club.
When asked about his apparent belated change of mind in turning down the Hoops after they seemed about to name him after weeks of patient persecution, the former Bournemouth head coach stated: ‘The problem is, I didn’t change my mind on the last minute .
Eddie Howe was heavily linked to Celtic’s work only to turn down a move to Glasgow
‘I have not spoken publicly about it because a lot of things have been said that have been totally false.
“ I couldn’t get my back room team together to go to Celtic for a number of different reasons.
And I did not want to accept a job of this magnitude, knowing that it was necessary to do the work on my own. He knew what was needed.
Howe is back in management after he was appointed Newcastle manager this week.
“So there was no change of mind, I was open and honest with everyone who was connected.”
It was in late May that Celtic, who expected to appoint Howe in a matter of days, announced that they would not take over as head coach for “reasons beyond their control and ours.”
Howe added yesterday: ‘Celtic were absolutely brilliant and I was open and honest at all times. There is no problem with Celtic at all.
Sportsmail revealed yesterday that despite retiring from the Scottish team injured, Ryan Fraser returned to training with Newcastle on Tuesday.
When asked about the winger, who played for him at Bournemouth, Howe kept his cards close to his chest.
Howe revealed that he was unable to bring his back-room staff to Celtic, leading him to turn down the job.
Greek Ange Postecoglou ended up taking over the managerial role at Celtic in June.
He said of their meeting at St James ‘Park:’ Ryan and I always had a very strong relationship.
“ You have to remember that I brought Ryan from Aberdeen to League One and we worked very closely together to try to bring out the best in him and make him a Premier League player. It was absolutely brilliant.
He really took into account what we were trying to do with him. He worked incredibly hard and got all the rewards.
“I was disappointed in the end in Bournemouth. That is past.
“The future is the future and I am delighted to be working with him again.”