Eddie Howe and his 3 Celtic backroom staff wishes profiled as he turns to familiar faces

It took his time but it is starting to look more and more like Eddie Howe who will lead the rebuilding of Celtic.

Reports released on Wednesday morning indicate that a deal with the former Bournemouth boss is closer than ever to being reached and it is claimed he is building his behind-the-scenes squad as we speak.

He may not get his wish fulfilled if Bournemouth sporting director Richard Hughes joins him at Celtic with the Glasgowian reportedly keen to stay on the south coast.

But the rest of his staff is another matter as he will be allowed to bring in a few familiar faces.

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It’s unclear what the future holds for interim boss John Kennedy and coach Gavin Strachan and each could still have a role to play in Howe’s revolution.

But the new boss will want some of his own men to help him get started.

Sport record took a look at the new faces that may join the Parkhead backroom team in the weeks and months to come.

Marc Burchill

Mark Burchill in the 2017 Irn Bru Cup semi-finals draw
Burchill in the 2017 Irn Bru Cup semi-finals draw

Celtic fans of a certain generation will be familiar with the name. He exploded onto the scene as a player at Parkhead in 1998 and scored 20 SPL goals in just 17 starts before Chris Sutton’s arrival forced him down the pecking order.

He went on to play for 14 other clubs, including Dundee, Hearts, Dunfermline and Kilmarnock, before retiring to Livingston in 2015.

He was the manager of Livi’s players for the 2014/15 season, leading them to Challenge Cup glory and keeping them in the league.

His association with Howe began in 2017, when he was recruited as a scout for the Cherries. Two years later, he was promoted by Howe to lead the recruiting team – a role he retained despite the manager’s sacking a year ago.

He’s been involved in a number of key transfers for the Cherries, including the one that brought Dutch cap Nathan Ake to Vitality Stadium.

And the former Parkhead hitman may soon return to where it all began.

Simon weatherstone

Howe first discovered the 41-year-old during his brief stint at Burnley in 2011.

Weatherstone, a former England Lower League journeyman, was appointed development coach and made enough of an impression that he was recruited to work for Bournemouth’s first team years later.

He was drafted at the start of their championship-winning season in 2014 and has held a role since.

Weatherstone was Howe’s trusted lieutenant for six years and was a key part of what established them in the Premier League.

As Howe seeks to make an immediate impact, the appeal of someone he knows so well is evident.

Stephen purches

Stephen Purches for Leyton Orient in 2010
Purches playing for Leyton Orient in 2010

If Eddie Howe is Mr. Bournemouth, Purches is his staunch sidekick.

His association with the club predates Howe’s and dates back over 20 years. He played for them at the turn of the century when they couldn’t be further away from the Premier League.

He holds legendary status at the club as one of the players who remained when they were relegated to Ligue 2 in 2002 and although he left to join Leyton Orient in 2007 he was soon back to finish. his career with the Cherries.

In total, he made 320 appearances for the club and his importance was recognized by Howe in his second spell.

He was appointed player-coach as he exited his playing career in 2013 and quickly took over the development team.

He joined his mentor’s first team in 2017 and shortly thereafter obtained his UEFA Pro license, the highest coaching badge available in Europe.

He is currently assistant manager to Jonathan Woodgate and it can be difficult to pull him away from the club he is synonymous with.

But if anyone can do it, it’s Howe.

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