Glasgow pundit has 'issues' with Howe after Celtic 'shambles'
Frank McAvennie hopes Eddie Howe has put his experience with Celtic behind him as he prepares to take over at Newcastle.
The former Hoops hitman, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, has sent Howe’s prospective new bosses a warning.
This site revealed on Friday morning that the 43-year-old has reached a full agreement with United to become their new manager after breaking the news at Wednesday lunchtime (3 November) he was in advanced talks to take over.
A Newcastle source has now updated to Football Insider that Howe’s former Cherries number two Jason Tindall will link up with him again as assistant manager.
It is also understood Simon Weatherstone and Stephen Purches (coaches) and Dan Hodges (fitness) will also join the staff.
Howe was heavily linked with the Celtic job last summer but in a statement, the club confirmed he would not be joining for reasons “outwith both his and Celtic’s control”.
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McAvennie claims this was over Howe’s demands for his backroom staff, an issue Newcastle seem to have resolved.
“My only issue with Howe is what happened with Celtic,” McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.
“As I understand it, Celtic wouldn’t let him bring his own team in. That looks like it’s all sorted at Newcastle.
“I hope it is because that was a shambles, what happened up here.
“But that tells me he wants things his own way. He won’t be happy if he doesn’t get what he wants.
“That can be great or really bad for a manager. I’m only guessing, of course, I don’t know the guy.
“The last thing Newcastle need is a manager who will come in and disagree with what everyone is doing.
“I hope that isn’t the case and it might not be. There might be an agreed plan in place.
“In any case, I hope he’s put Celtic behind him because that didn’t reflect well on anyone.”