Why Eddie Howe is the right man to replace Sam Allardyce


The young, thoughtful, Bournemouth manager is the best candidate to replace Big Sam in the England hot seat, writes Sam May.

Howe is one of the very few forward thinking philosophers of the game, for such young age. We have had the big and the brash, and the quite and experienced previously, and look where we are.

We are always looking for up and coming English talent for the playing field, here we have exactly that but in the managerial circles – so why not marry the two together?

The fact is Bournemouth’s achievement of staying in the Barclays Premier League last season, was overshadowed by Leicester City’s title and ended up attracting less attention than their promotion the previous season.

Growing in confidence, the 38-year-old Cherries manager, managed to lure in the talented Jack Wilshere, a big statement given the cost and capability of the midfielder and Howe has also taken his side through three promotions.

Having never had a big club infrastructure Howe has always had to make the correct decisions and bring out the full potential in his playing staff. Imagine what he could achieve with England’s entire talent disposal.

The forward thinking coach is what the England player’s need, somebody with fresh ideas and a young outlook and approach, he would present a plan and work to it. Howe and his assistant Jason Tindall would lay the foundations for what could be an exciting, attacking relentless and venturous England team, which fans have been wanting for years. His appointment would have to be seen as a longer-term project, however he could well surprise even the most experienced in the World game.

The Welsh FA took the chance with Chris Coleman and their latest achievement show it was the correct decision.

Howe is also great at developing young players, showed intelligence and self-awareness and its staggering to wonder why he hasn’t be given the opportunity to manage at a bigger club, given the quality he offers. The FA should only be looking at one man for the Three Lions – Eddie Howe.


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