Pardew stays silent over Celtic link
ALAN PARDEW refused to comment last night on reports linking him with the vacant manager's position at Celtic.
It has been claimed that Southampton boss Pardew was recommended to the Parkhead hierarchy after they sought opinions from respected figures in the game about who should succeed Tony Mowbray.
Pardew (right) declined to rule himself in or out of the running when contacted.
He said: "It has been brought to my attention that my name is in one of the papers but I have no comment to make."
Pardew (49) led West Ham to the 2006 FA Cup final, eventually seeing his team beaten by Liverpool on penalties.
He was sacked less than halfway through the following season after a poor run of results and suffered the same fate at Charlton two years later.
But he has rebuilt his reputation at League One Southampton, who are close to a play-off spot despite a 10-point deduction before a ball was kicked.
They also won the Johnstone's Paint Trophy last month.
Caretaker boss Neil Lennon remains the bookmakers' favourite for the job.
The former Celtic captain this week said he had yet to hold talks with major shareholder Dermot Desmond or chief executive Peter Lawwell about being appointed on a permanent basis.
There is no doubt, however, that the former Northern Ireland international is desperate to be handed the reins at the club where he was idolised as a player.