England fans have been looking for major changes in the international teams set-up after the Euro 2016 debacle.
One of the factors that have been talked about is that the Three Lions hire a promising young boss, instead of a veteran boss.
There is only really one candidate that fits the bill right now. He is Bournemouth’s fresh-faced Eddie Howe. There is even talk of the promising boss being number two to Sunderland’s Sam Allardyce.
Building a big reputation
Howe at just 38 years of age is already building a big reputation for himself. He has guided the Cherries from League Two to the Premier League in two separate stints.
The biggest achievement of Howe so far may be keeping the Cherries in the top flight. There is a lot to admire about Howe. Even in the early days when his team was struggling slightly in the top-flight, he refused to abandon his football philosophy.
Some may say that’s stubbornness, but in reality the rookie boss knew that his team was capable of playing football, whilst staying clear of the relegation zone.
His team took a while to adapt to the top-flight. Most of his charges had spent much of their careers in the lower leagues, so understandably needed time to get up to speed.
Howe comes across as a quiet guy, but he also seems to have an authority when talks about football. The 38-year-old also seems to have a maturity beyond his years, like he has been preparing himself to be a football manager his whole life.
Allardyce is the favourite for the England job
Sunderland’s Sam Allardyce is the favourite to be named the next England boss at odds of 1/6. It seems the former West Ham boss is likely to be installed as the next Three Lions boss in the next week. That’s if you believe newspaper reports.
The fact that Howe is even being mentioned as a candidate for the job shows how highly thought of he already is in the game. Howe has only been a top-flight boss for one season with Bournemouth.
The cynics may say that Howe is being linked with the England job because there is a dearth of possible English bosses. Even so, he is a talented boss.
The current England set-up is at a low ebb, after the most humiliating result of the modern era at Euro 2016. Calls for major reform and a complete overhaul of the set-up have been louder than ever.
The next man to take the England job is going to need a thick skin. Big Sam has a hide like an elephant. Howe is still very much in the infancy of his managerial career.
He has not yet had to put up with the stick that Allardyce or more experienced bosses have. At the moment he is a promising young boss. If he was given the England job now he could be scarred for life.
Becoming number two to Allardyce may not be a bad idea. However, if things did not work out he would be tarnished by association of being in the set-up.
A number two role would maybe Howe get accustomed to the international set-up, though. The 38-year-old seems to be England’s most promising young boss.
With that in mind, it would not be a surprise if he was given a role within the new set-up.
Continue his good work at Bournemouth
Eddie Howe has done an exceptional job at Bournemouth. The Cherries have shown big ambition again this summer by breaking their transfer record. The arrival of Jordon Ibe from Liverpool for £15million could be a shrewd deal.
All the summer arrivals at Dean Court this summer have been younger players. The Cherries boss is obviously planning for the long-term. He has also sold a number of older players this summer as well.
Howe has a knack for getting the best out of players and improving them in the process.
From last season’s evidence and their summer transfer activity, the Cherries will be in for another solid campaign in the Premier League next season.
Eddie Howe is no doubt a talented young boss who likes to play an attractive style. However, the England job is not right for him, at least not yet anyway.
In the future, Howe could well be the Three Lions boss, but for now, he should stay well away from the Three Lions set-up.
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