AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has stated that the Football Association did not make an approach to discuss the England job with Howe.
England were looking for a new head coach after Roy Hodgson resigned as England manager following an embarrassing loss to Iceland at Euro 2016 in France.
The media were insistent that whilst Sam Allardyce was the favourite for the role, that the Football Association had also spoke to Steve Bruce, Jurgen Klinsmann and Eddie Howe.
Some reports suggesting that Howe was wanted as a potential number two to Allardyce.
The Daily Mail reporting that…
‘the possibility that Howe could retain his Bournemouth job while having a role in the national team set up with a view to taking the job over in the long term’.
However the Football Assocition’s three man panel of Dan Ashworth, David Gill and chief executive Martin Glenn have since made their decision and named Allardyce as the new England manager, initially for the next two years.
Speaking to the Daily Echo, Howe said…
“…It was nice to have been linked with the role because it meant people have recognised the successful campaign of last season. That recognition is what the players here deserve. But it was all just pure press speculation and nothing ever changed my immediate focus…”
Asked if hypothetically if he would be interested in the role in the future he said…
‘…In management, you can never look too far ahead. You can only really look at short-term targets. Whatever may lie ahead for me is going to be shaped by what I do in the immediate future.
“That has always been the way I have worked. I am honoured and privileged to be the manager of AFC Bournemouth.
“I have never – and would never – take this job for granted and that will always be the case for as long as I am the manager of this fantastic club.”
Howe is clearly the best choice.
But thank f**k the FA are too stupid to see it.
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