‘Who knows’ - Eddie Howe has dropped two major hints on future amid England links

Newcastle United manager Eddie HoweNewcastle United manager Eddie Howe
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Fresh reports claim Newcastle United boss Eddie Howe is the front-runner to succeed Gareth Southgate as England manager

Eddie Howe has already distanced himself from managing England on two occasions when grilled about his Newcastle United future.

Gareth Southgate’s contract is up later this year and many believe a changing of the guard could take place if the Three Lions fail to win Euro 2024 - a scenario he has hinted at. The 53-year-old initially took charge of England on an interim basis and has remained in the hot seat for eight years.

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Should he step down, Newcastle boss Howe would be an obvious choice to take over. He has been the highest-placing Englishman in the Premier League for two seasons - making him the bookmakers favourite.

The Northern Echo report that Howe is the front-runner to succeed Southgate - a potentially nightmare scenario for the Magpies. Newcastle have built infrastructure around the 46-year-old since appointing him two-and-a-half years ago and stuck by him through a testing spell last season.

Toon chiefs firmly believe Howe is the man to bring success to the Saudi-backed era. Speaking in 2022, the Newcastle manager insisted that “day-to-day coaching” remained his ultimate focus.

“Never say ‘no, it won’t be something I am interested in’,” Howe said. “But, in the short term, (being England manager) is not on my radar at all. It is all Newcastle and trying to make this team better. 

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“I have always said I love the day-to-day coaching, love being with the players on the training ground. International football, you get that taken away for long periods. At this moment in my life that is not something I want to do.”

In recent months, Howe was again grilled by former Manchester United captain Gary Neville about his international ambitions. Once again, the Toon boss refused to throw his name into the hat although he did hint at being interested in future.

"I loved that feeling of watching the national team,” Howe told The Overlap. “I love England and I hope they go on to win the Euros this summer, and I think they can. 

“I love Gareth (Southgate) and I’ve got a real determination for England to win. I’ve never really thought about international football for me, personally. Who knows what will happen in the future.”

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