Howe: Too soon to be England manager

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Eddie Howe insists it is still too soon for him to be considered for the England manager’s position.

Howe was strongly linked with the England vacancy during the summer, with the Bournemouth boss thought to have held talks with the Football Association, prior to the appointment of Sam Allardyce.

In two spells with minnows Bournemouth, Howe has taken the club from the bottom tier of English football to the Premier League and successfully kept them in the top flight last season.

But at just 38, Howe says he is focusing on continuing his development with Bournemouth, albeit taking charge of his country remains his long-term ambition.

“The England job, I think, is the ultimate. I would never say no, but it’s not something I want to consider,’ Howe told the Premier League Show. “That’s not something in my immediate thoughts. My immediate thought is this club and this job.”

Howe has also been linked with succeeding Arsene Wenger at Arsenal when the Frenchman eventually leaves the Emirates. But he again reiterated that his focus is on ensuring Bournemouth remain on an upward curve.

“If I want to be the best manager I can be, I need to get now right,” added Howe. “That’s why I’d say I’m fiercely ambitious for this club – if the club does well, the team does well, everyone will benefit.”