Journalist John Gibson has revealed on the NUFC Matters podcast that he fears Newcastle United manager Eddie Howe could be tempted by the England job.
The Magpies have enjoyed a hugely successful time under Howe, finishing 11th in the Premier League last season and are currently in the same position this term. But after just six games so far and losing only one game during this time, the club will surely have a higher finish in their sights.
As a result of performing well with the side so far, it has led to speculation that he could be in the running for the England job if current manager Gareth Southgate leaves his role after the World Cup.
This subject was recently discussed on the NUFC Matters podcast, where Gibson was asked if he could see Howe taking the vacant role at Brighton & Hove Albion.
And while he doesn’t believe that job is appealing to Howe, Gibson is fearful the national role could be.
He said: “No, no. Brighton is on the level of Bournemouth.
“I don’t think there’s any chance of him going to Brighton. I think more of a concern is whether he will go to England.”
TIF Thoughts on Howe for England…
Howe was previously in the running for the England job before Southgate was brought in, and considering he has only gotten better since this time, it is not surprising that he could once again be considered once the current manager departs.
After facing relegation with his former side Bournemouth, Howe was offered the Celtic job but turned it down before signing with the Magpies just six months later, so he is clearly well-regarded in the men’s game.
While we think Howe would be a fantastic option for the national job, Newcastle fans should not worry as his current project is very exciting and with the financial stability of Newcastle, he is able to sign world-class players and maybe challenge for Europe. It is hard to see Howe take the England job with this in mind, as even if Southgate does face the sack, Howe has a far more attractive job already.
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