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Football Partnerships and Pathways Manager Fergal Harkin of Manchester City with assistant trainer Jefta Bresser of NAC Breda during the Dutch Eredivisie match between NAC Breda and Heerenveen at the Rat Verlegh stadium on April 29, 2018 in Breda, The Netherlands. Photo: VI Images via Getty Images

Football Partnerships and Pathways Manager Fergal Harkin of Manchester City with assistant trainer Jefta Bresser of NAC Breda during the Dutch Eredivisie match between NAC Breda and Heerenveen at the Rat Verlegh stadium on April 29, 2018 in Breda, The Netherlands. Photo: VI Images via Getty Images

Football Partnerships and Pathways Manager Fergal Harkin of Manchester City with assistant trainer Jefta Bresser of NAC Breda during the Dutch Eredivisie match between NAC Breda and Heerenveen at the Rat Verlegh stadium on April 29, 2018 in Breda, The Netherlands. Photo: VI Images via Getty Images

Fergal Harkin will not be leaving his role as Football Partnerships and Pathways Manager at Manchester City to take up a role as Celtic's Director of Football.

The 44-year-old from Donegal has been linked strongly with the position while the Celtic hierarchy waited patiently on a decision on the manager's job that was Eddie Howe's until he dramatically pulled out because he could not secure his desired backroom team.

But sundayworld.com understands that Harkin's loyalty to City Football Group remains steadfast and he is continuing in his role as Football Partnerships and Pathways Manager in which he is held in high esteem by the Manchester City hierarchy.

While conversations have taken place between Celtic and Harkin, the Director of Football job was not offered to him and he is not seeking a move from the Premier League champions at this time.

Harkin’s impressive credentials at City, where he focuses on developing their young players primarily by getting them experience with other clubs, have made other clubs take notice.

A former player with Finn Harps and Bohemians in the League of Ireland, he first came to England to work with former Celtic manager Martin O'Neill while he was in charge of Leicester City.

Harkin has had no input into the process of recommending a new manager at Celtic Park with current Yokohama F. Marinos boss, Ange Postecoglou, understood to be close to taking up the role.

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