Former Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe says he is no rush amid reports linking him with the Derby County and Celtic managerial job, Bournemouth Echo report.
The highly-rated Englishman left Bournemouth in the summer by mutual consent.
Howe had guided the Cherries from League Two to the Premier League during two spells at the club, keeping them in the top-flight for five years before their relegation.
Now, he is recharging his batteries and seemingly biding his time.
Derby and Celtic have both been linked with Howe over the past week, and the 42-year-old responded to the reports by claiming his next job will have to really motivate him.
I made my decision for the best interests of Bournemouth and for myself. I wanted to be at home, I wanted to be with my family, I wanted to see my kids grow up, I wanted to learn and develop my knowledge, my abilities as a manager. Then if I decide down the line to get back in, or I want to get back in if I’m lucky enough to be given an opportunity, then I’ll do that. But for me, I don’t want to get back in just for the sake of it. It would have to be something that really motivated me.
Current Celtic manager Neil Lennon is under pressure after a poor start to the season.
The Hoops are 11 points behind Scottish Premiership leaders Rangers as they chase ten-in-a-row, while they missed out on the Champions League with defeat in qualifying.
Derby, meanwhile, are currently manager-less after parting ways with Phillip Cocu.
A poor start to the season which saw the Rams sit bottom of the Championship table cost the Dutchman his job as Wayne Rooney among others are in temporary charge.
Rooney and Liam Rosenior are part of a four-man caretaker team, but neither have done their own managerial prospects at Derby much good with back-to-back defeats.
The Rams need an experienced manager to get them out the mess. Howe, despite his young age, has excellent credentials and must be considered for the role.
A report in the Mirror this month claim he is a leading candidate.
Howe likes his teams to play expansive attacking football. Charlie Daniels told the Bournemouth Echo how there were definite similarities with Pep Guardiola.
Ryan Fraser, meanwhile, told the Standard how Howe thinks and works like Guardiola, claiming his former manager at Bournemouth will go to the very top.
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