Eddie Howe has refuted the claim he changed his mind about joining Celtic at the last minute.
Back in the summer, very credible sources at Celtic told CeltsAreHere the manager had agreed to join the club but asked for time to get his backroom team together.
The club waited most of the summer and once Bournemouth had been knocked out of the playoffs, expected they would get their man. However, it was only then the deal came crashing to the ground.
Speaking after taking on the Newcastle job, Howe has a huge problem with the way he was portrayed.
The Englishman refutes the version of events that paints him in a terrible light. He did pretty much confirm not getting his back room team was the reason.
Speaking to RecordSport, Howe said:
“The problem is that I didn’t change my mind at the last minute.
“I have not spoken publicly on it because there have been a lot of things said that have been totally untrue.
“I couldn’t get my backroom team together to go to Celtic for a host of different reasons.
“I didn’t want to take a job of such size, and knowing the job needing to be done, on my own.
“I knew what was needed. So there was no change of mind, I was open and honest with everyone connected with the club.
“Celtic were absolutely brilliant and I was open and honest all the way through. No problems with Celtic whatsoever.”
Celtic fans had already seen their previous season come crashing to the ground before the summer managerial debacle.
I’m sure we’ll get to the truth of things one day but to be honest we should all just move in from here.