According to the Daily Mirror, Bournemouth’s talented young boss Eddie Howe is in the running for the England job.
The report claims that Howe is on a three-man FA list alongside Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger and current interim boss Gareth Southgate to be next England boss.
Bournemouth boss Howe is seen as the rising star of English bosses and has described the England job as ‘the ultimate job’. He also claimed that he is currently committed to the Cherries, though.
Fantastic achievements at Bournemouth
At just 38-years-old Howe has achieved fantastic things with the Cherries in two spells. The youngster in managerial terms has taken the Dorset club from the brink of going out of the football league to the Premier League.
The achievement is even more incredible considering that his team have played good football in every division. Some believed that the Cherries would face a rude awakening in the top-flight. However, Howe has forged a team that is far more than the sum of its parts. That attribute is the sign of a top boss.
He has now been able to attract better quality players to the club. England international midfielder Jack Wilshere chose to head to the south coast on loan having been impressed by Howe.
The fact that the Cherries boss can persuade such a high-profile player to join the club is a testament to his personality and Howe as a football manager.
England is a poisoned chalice
Even as an England fan I admit that the job of national team boss is a poisoned chalice. England bosses have to cope with character assassination, question marks over their ability and even people looking into their personal lives.
That comes with the territory of being a football manager, but it seems worse for the England boss. It is a job I would not wish on my worst enemy, never mind a manager who I rated very highly.
Playing wise England have been at a crossroads for the last 50 years, taking every route but the right one. While the likes of Spain and Germany have addressed the ills of their national teams, England have stood still in a delusional state.
Things can go sour very easily for an England boss and I am not sure Howe is ready to be raked over the coals. The young Bournemouth boss is better off staying with the Dorset club and developing his managerial abilities there.
There is the feeling that the England team is not in the best of shape at the moment. The Cherries boss would no doubt be confident in his ability to turn things around. However, it is a massive job and maybe for a young boss, it may be too much to take on.
If he takes the job and fails for some reason his coaching career may never recover. That would be a shame for Bournemouth boss.
The England team need Eddie Howe more than Eddie Howe needs the England national team job that is for sure. Eddie comes across as an intelligent and well-balanced guy. Hopefully he does spurn the opportunity for now.
If he continues in his current vein, I am sure in the future Howe will get the chance to put himself through the wringer of being Three Lions boss.
Not the favourite for the job
Current England Interim boss Gareth Southgate is the favourite for the job at odds of 5/4, while the Mirror claims that Howe would also be behind Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger in the pecking order. The Frenchman’s contract at the Emirates Stadium expires next summer. However, his future is unclear at the moment.
If Wenger stays with the Gunners, then Howe is reported to be next in line for the job. Despite the difficulty of the England manager’s job, most English bosses would love the chance to manage the national team. Being appointed as England boss is a managerial stamp of approval.
Eddie Howe is saying all the right things at the moment. He has professed his loyalty to his current employers. However, I just wonder what he would actually say if the FA did offer him the job?
Should Eddie Howe be the next England boss?