Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has emerged as a leading contender to become the next England manager, according to reports.
It is believed that Howe has overcome his initial doubts about his suitability for the role and is preparing to talk to the Football Association about succeeding Roy Hodgson.
The FA have not ruled out appointing a foreign manager but would prefer an English candidate, and Howe would be open to the idea of appointing a more experienced, older coach to be his assistant.
FA technical boss Dan Ashworth, chief executive Martin Glenn and vice-chairman David Gill — the men tasked with identifying Hodgson’s successor — have already consulted Gary Lineker, Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard and Harry Redknapp, and taken soundings further afield from USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann. They are determined to appoint a man who can build a strong team identity for the national side.
Howe, the 2015 League Managers’ Association Manager of the Year, won plaudits for the style with which his Bournemouth side earned promotion to the Premier League and then comfortably staved off relegation in their first campaign.
He was quoted by the Daily Mail last year: “I’m very patriotic and it would be the ultimate honour (to be England manager). I would love to be thought of as good enough in the future.”
The FA will continue to speak to foreign candidates with a strong grasp of English, including Arsene Wenger, Roberto Mancini and Klinsmann, and are aware they may need to make a short-term appointment to take charge of England’s World Cup qualifier away to Slovakia on September 4.