Football Association chairman Greg Clarke has stated that it’s more likely a matter of when and not if AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe will take over the England job.
Howe has been strongly linked with the England mangers position twice in recent months.
Following England’s disappointing exit of the UEFA European Championships in France, Roy Hodgson left the position and the Football Association began looking for a new manager.
Eddie Howe, alongside Steve Bruce and Sam Allardyce were the favourites with the bookmakers, however the Football Association did not make an approach to the Cherries for Howe and appointed Allardyce.
However after just one game in change Sam Allardyce left the role following an undercover newspaper operation which placed Allardyce in an untenable position.
This time around the Football Association are set to take their time over filling the position, handing Gareth Southgate the role on a temporary basis.
If he impresses he could be given the role full time, whilst former candidate Steve Bruce has recently been named as Aston Villa’s new manager.
So where does that place Howe? Who has previously said that he doesn’t see himself taking that position in the immediate future, declaring his loyalty to AFC Bournemouth.
The Football Association chairman Greg Clarke told The Telegraph…
“When you look at people like Eddie Howe, the question is not wouldn`t he be a really good bloke because he is, He is a wonderful leader, he`s energetic, he`s honourable, respected by football and footballers. The question is at what point do you throw him into the furnace? Is it now, is it in five years, is it in 10 years? That is something he will be thinking about. It is a really tough role that most people fail in.
“Do we give him enough time to acquire skills so he has a pretty good chance of success or do we throw him in early? That`s the trade-off we have to make because talent like that you don`t want to burn by overexposing them too early. If we can`t get an English manager, we would like someone who has managed extensively in the Premier League so they understand the English system. I think we would be crazy to appoint someone who has never worked in English football.”
‘So, having read that and considering Eddie has circa 9 years experience as a manager, if they give it to Southgate can we assume it’s because he doesn’t have any talent to burn? – Join the conversation here.
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