Howe has admitted for the first time that he backed out of the Celtic job because he wasn't able to bring his backroom staff to Glasgow.
But the newly-appointed Newcastle United manager claimed that he did not perform a last-minute U-turn — and says he was always honest in his dealings with the Parkhead club.
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.
"And I didn't want to take the job of such size, 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."
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