Eddie Howe snubbed Celtic because he has his heart set on landing the Southampton job, Football Insider has learned.
The former Bournemouth manager kept the Glasgow giants waiting for two months before talks collapsed last week.
A source with knowledge of Howe’s situation has told Football Insider he is willing to bide his time before going back into management and has his sights set on Southampton.
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That position is not expected to become available unless the Saints start next season poorly under Ralph Hasenhuttl and then opt for a change of manager in the autumn.
Howe is also a contender for Crystal Palace but is not the frontrunner for the post made vacant by Roy Hodgson’s departure.
At this stage, the 43-year-old is not in the running for either the Tottenham or Everton jobs.
Howe is said to be in no rush to secure a return to management as he wants the right job that works for him and his family.
Location is key for Howe, who had an unhappy 18-month spell in charge of Burnley a decade ago before returning to Bournemouth for a second spell that lasted for eight years.
He has strong roots on the south coast and that was a key factor in him rejecting the advances of Celtic following extensive negotiations.
Celtic are now set to appoint Ange Postecoglou after agreeing compensation with Yokohoma F. Marinos on Thursday.