Eddie Howe ready to reject FA approach to replace Gareth Southgate as England manager
The Newcastle United manager is high on the FA's shortlist of replacements for Southgate.
Southgate’s current contract is due to expire in December 2024, meaning his last tournament in charge could be the European Championship next summer.
Howe, meanwhile, has done an impressive job at Newcastle since he was appointed in 2021, guiding the club to a fourth-placed finish in the Premier League last season which secured their place in the Champions League this term.
According to The Telegraph, Howe is on the Football Association’s list of potential candidates to replace Southgate next year.
However, Howe is said to consider the England job to be ‘too soon’ in his managerial career and would ‘swiftly rule himself out of the running’ if approached by the FA.
Speaking in May, Southgate indicated that Euro 2024 could be his final competition as England manager, especially if his side fail to win the tournament.
‘I think we’ll have to go very, very well for that to be a possibility in anyone’s eyes. That’s fair enough,’ Southgate said.
‘My aim is to try to win the tournament. Every conversation I have with the players now is geared around that. What happens in the future isn’t at the forefront of my mind.
‘Trying to win this European Championship is. You have a feel about what’s right and what isn’t right. We’re going to have to play well and go a long way in the tournament for that [staying on as manager] even to be a consideration.’
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