The Football Association is seriously considering Eddie Howe as a potential candidate to take over as the England manager. It is understood that they are conducting a thorough evaluation of potential successors, with Howe’s name already being discussed. Howe has earned high praise for his exceptional tenure as the Newcastle boss, successfully transforming them from a team expected to be relegated to a Champions League contender in less than two seasons. Despite the immense pressure of leading the richest club in England, Howe has embraced his role and gained significant popularity in Tyneside.
While it’s no surprise that Howe’s name is in the mix for the England manager role, he is not the sole candidate under consideration. The FA has long seen Pep Guardiola of Manchester City as a potential successor if he decides to transition from club football. Additionally, they hold an impressive view of Steve Cooper from Nottingham Forest.
A recent report from The Daily Mail suggests that Gareth Southgate might step down after the upcoming Euros. There have been discussions about potential replacements before, with Eddie Howe, Graham Potter, and Mauricio Pochettino being considered last year, should Southgate decide to resign. A favored choice among some FA officials is Pep Guardiola, and they are willing to explore this option.
Southgate contemplated his future after England’s exit from the competition, but he ultimately chose to continue leading the team into the European Championships next year. Southgate’s current contract is set to expire in the next year, and it is anticipated that he will depart from his role after the 2024 Euros.
According to 90min, the FA is open to offering Southgate a new contract and is prepared to engage in discussions. However, they also want to be prepared for a potential departure, hence the need for a succession plan.