‘Won’t be something I care about’: Eddie Howe rules out replacing Gareth Southgate as England boss amid constant links to post as he focuses on making his Newcastle side ‘better’
- Eddie Howe not interested in replacing Gareth Southgate as England manager
- Newcastle manager says his current goal is to make the Magpies a better team
- The 44-year-old does not rule out one day taking over the job of coach of the Three Lions
- Howe praises Newcastle’s Nick Pope and Kieran Trippier after international duty
- Click here for the latest World Cup 2022 news and updates
Eddie Howe has been ruled out to succeed Gareth Southgate as England manager, should the job become available after the World Cup.
The Newcastle head coach is favored by some bookmakers to be installed as the next Three Lions boss.
But Howe says it’s not something that interests him, at least not yet.
‘I never say never, I never say: ‘No, it won’t be something that interests me’. But in the short term it’s not on my radar at all. It’s all Newcastle and trying to make this team better,” the 44-year-old said.
Eddie Howe has ruled himself out to replace Gareth Southgate as new England manager
‘I’ve always said that I love day-to-day training, I love being with the players on the training pitch. International football is taken away from you for long periods.
“At this point in my life, that’s not something I want to do.”
Howe, however, was also full of praise for Southgate, with whom he has a good relationship.
“Gareth has done an amazing job, and I say that from the bottom of my heart,” he said.
I’ve been lucky enough to get in and see him work and I have a lot of time for him and Steve Holland. They have been incredible for England. You have to remember where England was before he took over and what he has done for the country.
Gareth Southgate has been under pressure following England’s six-game winless run in 2022
Howe watched England’s 3-3 draw with Germany on Monday night, in which Newcastle goalkeeper Nick Pope was blamed for the away team’s late equalizer.
He has spoken to his goalkeeper ever since and told him: ‘He’s in a good place. He is aware of how special those games are for him and it is a career. Where he has come from, living those moments is great.
He has earned the right to reach the position he occupies. He was very proud that he represented his country on behalf of England. It’s a fitting reward, for me, for an excellent start to the season with us.
Nick Pope was to blame for Germany’s late equalizer in a 3-3 draw at Wembley on Monday
“He has been excellent in all aspects in terms of stopping shots, patrolling his penalty area and his distribution has been of the highest level.”
Southgate revealed after the match that Newcastle’s Kieran Trippier is ahead of Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold at right back.
Howe said: “The competition at that position is very fierce, but I think Kieran has been excellent, not just this season, but since last season.” He certainly played a very important role in us staying in the division.
He is an excellent professional to have around the group. The leadership skills of him, he is a role model for the younger players, the way he trains and applies himself every day, and I’m sure Gareth sees that when he’s with England.
“He has a really positive personality and I’m sure Gareth will lean on him in that regard in terms of using his experience to help the group.”
Kieran Trippier has been praised as a role model for Newcastle by his boss Eddie Howe