Has Eddie Howe proved he is one of the best English managers around?

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Eddie Howe has done a remarkable job at Bournemouth over the space of two separate spells, and has the potential to one day manage the nation.

There's no doubting Eddie Howe's talent, having led The Cherries to two promotions you wouldn't bet against him making it three at the end of this season.

Bournemouth currently sit at the top of the Championship after a wonderful run which has seen them win their last six games in the league and seven in all competitions. A win over West Brom in the cup proved their credentials and that run has included a memorable 8-0 away victory against Birmingham City. It hasn't all been plain sailing for Eddie Howe though, far from it.

Having taken charge aged just 31 in the 2008-2009 season, Howe led Bournemouth away from the relegation places in League Two despite having started the season with a 17-point deficit due to going into administration. He then led The Cherries to win eight out of the first nine league games of the next season and hasn't looked back since.

Unsurprisingly interest gathered in Eddie Howe; Crystal Palace, Charlton Athletic and Peterborough United all tried to tempt him away from Dean Court before Burnley managed to do exactly that. Burnley were in their first season back in the Championship following relegation from the top flight.

Howe never got into his rhythm however and when an opportunity arose to go back to Bournemouth in October 2012 he took it. He finished the job he started in League One by leading them to promotion, instantly transforming their performances. Bournemouth aren't the wealthiest of teams around and have had their fair share of financial troubles in the past.

He has assembled a squad with a perfect blend of experience and youth, and with no players on astronomical wages to deal with, they have a bunch of honest players all keen to impress. Even though they lost Lewis Grabban in the summer, they have replaced him with Callum Wilson who is arguably better and recently got called up to the England Under-21 squad.

Ian Harte, Artur Boruc, and Andrew Surman bring Premier League experience to the side, whilst Steve Cook, Matt Ritchie, and Harry Arter are exciting players capable of progressing much further. There are a lot of big clubs in the Championship desperate to get back to the top flight but it would be refreshing to see Bournemouth make it into the Premier League for the first time.

English manager's don't seem to get the breaks at the top English clubs these days and when it comes to potential England managers in the future Gareth Southgate and Gary Neville are leading contenders. However Howe is certainly one to watch, and at just 36 years of age, he will only learn more.

Eddie Howe's promising playing career came to a harsh premature end after a severe series of knee injuries. He deserved a chance in management and has grabbed that opportunity with both hands.

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