Eddie Howe has achieved remarkable results at Newcastle United in a relatively brief period, and Newcastle fans would have been extremely disappointed if the former Bournemouth manager had decided to compete for the England manager’s position when Gareth Southgate steps down. This is anticipated to occur after Euro 2024, unless the Three Lions secure their first major title since the 1966 World Cup, in which case Southgate would likely find it difficult to step away.

However, according to The Telegraph (subscription required), it’s reassuring for Newcastle supporters that Howe has no intentions of leaving.

By essentially removing himself from the running for the England manager’s job, only two prominent candidates remain. One of them is 43-year-old Steve Cooper, the current manager of Nottingham Forest, who previously had a successful stint at various England youth levels between 2014 and 2019 before becoming a club manager at Swansea and, eventually, Forest.

The other contender mentioned by The Telegraph is Graham Potter, a former Chelsea figure who has been unattached to any managerial position since his dismissal during the season. Any approach from the Football Association (FA) regarding his candidacy could be addressed expeditiously.

This is likely the preferred course of action for all parties involved, as the last thing Southgate would want is for anything to divert attention from England’s ongoing pursuit of success on the field.

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