Eddie Howe issues statement amid Newcastle United and Celtic links

Eddie Howe isn’t looking to return to management until the summer – despite “significant interest” in him.

Howe has been heavily linked with the Newcastle United job – and he’s 6/1 to succeed head coach Steve Bruce with bookmakers.

However, the 43-year-old, also linked with the vacant managerial post at Celtic, is not planning on returning to work this season.

“There has been significant interest from a number of clubs,” said Howe’s representative. “However, talks of any deal being close are extremely premature. His plan remains to not return to management until the summer at the earliest.”


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There were renewed calls for Bruce to be dismissed following relegation-threatened Newcastle’s shocking 3-0 defeat to Brighton and Hove Albion last month. Owner Mike Ashley, however, backed the 60-year-old, who insisted after the game that he would not “walk away” from the job.

Asked about his future at the Amex Stadium Bruce said: “Well, as I’ve always said, that’s for other people to answer, but the one thing that I won’t ever do is give up on anything, as we’ve had a bad defeat,” said Bruce.

"We’ve been OK, I believe, we haven’t been sensational over the last few weeks, but we have to accept, I have to accept, the criticism that’s going to come our way and the fallout from it, because we were simply nowhere near good enough on a big occasion. We simply haven’t done enough.

"Of course, the buck stops with me.”


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Eddie Howe.

Howe, meanwhile, left relegated Bournemouth last summer after eight years at the club.