FORMER Spurs boss Tim Sherwood has talked up the managerial credentials of Celtic target Eddie Howe.

The guessing game over who will be appointed Neil Lennon’s permanent successor is in full swing with the ex-Bournemouth boss still favourite for the role.

Howe, 43, has been out of football since leaving the south coast club in August following their relegation from the top flight.

He has already knocked back a reported approach from Sheffield United following the sacking of Chris Wilder earlier this year. Coincidentally, the Bramall Lane outfit dropped out of the Premier League at the weekend.

Crystal Palace and Newcastle, with respective gaffers Roy Hodgson and Steve Bruce under pressure, have also been mentioned as possible suitors for Howe.

Jose Mourinho was axed by Spurs supremo Daniel Levy yesterday which kicked off speculation about a successor with Howe, inevitably, getting a mention for the job.

Sherwood, a former midfielder and boss of the London club, acknowledged the qualities of the highly-rated coach on satellite sports channel DAZN.

Speaking about Howe, he said: “Give him the finances and let him build a football club.

“Let him build a structure, let him build a playing identity. I think that’s what he (Levy) needs to do now.

“He needs to look for a young, up and coming manager – like Eddie Howe.”

The ex-Burnley and Bournemouth chief said nothing in reply, but the show’s host reassured him: “We won’t put you on the spot, Eddie, don’t worry!”

Howe remains the frontrunner for the Celtic job with the Hoops now winding down their first trophyless campaign in 11 years with four Premiership games still to be played, starting tomorrow night against Aberdeen at Pittodrie.


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