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Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe says that although he sees the England national team as the “ultimate” job, he wants to remain at the Vitality Stadium with the Cherries.
Howe, 38, was in the discussion after Roy Hodgson left the position as national team manager after Euro 2016. The English Football Association decided to hire Sam Allardyce as Hodgson’s replacement, but Allardyce was let go earlier in the week after statements he had made to undercover journalists. Howe is once again being discussed as the new England boss, but Howe says he is staying put.
“I’ve said in many interviews that the England job is the ultimate job, but I’ve signed players here and pledged a future to them”, Howe said.
“But – and this is all hypothetically speaking – I couldn’t turn my back on this club and the loyalty shown to me. I have to show it in return.
“They haven’t come to me and my message would be the same as any other job I’ve been linked with. I’m absolutely committed here. I love the job and have a lot more work to do here first.
“It’s very nice for them to say [that they think I’m the man] but it has no bearing on my thoughts. My aim is to lead this club forward in the Premier League and improve on last season – that’s my only thought.”
Howe did reveal that he would like the next England manager to be English.
“My preference would be the England manager would be English,” Howe said. “Someone’s circumstances occur that the right candidate might not be available and they have to look elsewhere. It’s a difficult choice for the FA.
“I’m not interested in the job now. Who knows that happens in the future.”