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Eddie Howe to be interviewed for England job

Sunday, July 17, 2016 Source:

HOW'S THAT: The Bournemouth boss is set to be interviewed by the FA for the England job

The Bournemouth boss is on the FA’s shortlist of candidates to replace Roy Hodgson - along with Sam Allardyce and Jurgen Klinsmann.

Allardyce held provisional talks with the FA’s Dan Ashworth and David Gill at the latter’s home last week and remains the favourite to take over while Klinsmann has also held discussions.

But Howe is also regarded as a strong candidate and will meet with technical director Ashworth next week when he returns from Bournemouth’s pre-season tour of the US.

Howe, 38, would become the youngest Three Lions boss in history if he went on to land the job ahead of Allardyce.

But his appointment would represent a huge gamble by the FA, who are looking to land someone capable of winning the World Cup within the next six years.

Howe became the youngest boss in the Football League when he took charge of the Cherries in 2009.

He led them from League Two to the Premier League in two spells in charge, either side of a failed stint at Burnley.

The remarkable achievement earned Howe a reputation as being one of the brightest young bosses in European football.

He enhanced this even further last season by keeping the Cherries in the Premier League against the odds.

FA bosses know Allardyce’s man-management skills and vast experience make him a strong contender.

But the Sunderland boss is 61 and would be more of a short-term fix than a long-term solution to the problem of transforming the Three Lions into genuine contenders on the international stage.

Despite his inexperience, FA bosses know Howe has a clear vision and approach to the game and could be capable of giving England a strong identity.

FA bosses have studied the blueprint of Germany, who groomed current boss Joachim Low before giving him the national team job, despite his limited experience at domestic level.

Low spent two seasons as assistant boss before replacing Klinsmann in 2006 and leading the Germans to the final of Euro 2008.

Low secured a third pace finish at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa before his crowning glory came four years later in Brazil when Germany became world champions.

One option being considered is to appoint Howe as assistant to Allardyce or Klinsmann and allow him to grow into the role before stepping up to the plate.

Meanwhile, Harry Redknapp confirmed yesterday he has held talks with Ashworth too.

"I did have a meeting with Dan Ashworth,” he said.

"We had a coffee and a chat. It was generally about football. I enjoyed it. I had a good meeting with him, it was interesting.”

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