Football at a national level has hit an all-time low in England, with the sudden but fair dismissal of Big Sam on Tuesday evening.
The transition period, as it is often known, starts again as we are left with no permanent manager and a world cup qualifying campaign to manoeuvre through in the next two years.
We know that at least for the next four internationals Gareth Southgate will be taking charge.
Then the circus will begin as the FA to decide the next permanent England manager: Gareth Southgate, Steve Bruce, Alan Pardew, Jurgen Klinsmann and anyone else remotely involved in the English game will be mentioned.
Even though these managers all have the credentials and experience to lead our national team, I believe that we now have the opportunity to implement a new philosophy at St George’s park and the man best suited to implement the changes is Eddie Howe.
Just look at what Howe has achieved at Bournemouth. Over his two tenures there he took them from League Two to where they are now as an established Premier league team. Bournemouth have achieved the unthinkable under Howe’s management.
However, this isn’t the reason why I hope to see Howe taking the England reins.For me, it is his ability to mould young players into a well driven, focused squad of players.
Within the current England set-up we have some very good young players and if we will really want to be a force in world football we need to embrace their talent. Eddie Howie’s Philosophy of positive and attacking football is something we have been crying out for on the national stage and with the current player at England’s disposal, the sky’s the limit.
People may question ‘whether the England job is too soon for Howe?’
People can discuss Eddie Howe’s experience as much as they like. However, if he’s the right man, he’s the right man.
I was reasonably happy when the FA appointed Big Sam as manager, although it did feel like an interim solution. Now, the interim period has suddenly come to end with the need to be looking at a long-term solution.
When the scandal is over and the dust settles, the landscape of English will be very different. We will be in a unique situation that we can redevelop and rebuild the system. In my opinion, the best man to lead the revolution is Eddie Howe.
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