Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe rules out taking charge of Newcastle United

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Eddie Howe is flattered to be linked with Newcastle United, but he insists that he is happy at Bournemouth.

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has said that he is not interested in the Newcastle United job.

Premier League outfit Newcastle are looking for a full-time manager following the departure of Alan Pardew to Crystal Palace.

A number of names have been mentioned in regard to succeeding the Englishman at St. James’ Park, and one of them is Howe.

The 37-year-old has done a remarkable job at Bournemouth, leading the Cherries to the top of the Championship table after 24 rounds of matches.

Howe’s rise has not gone unnoticed and it is understandable why Newcastle would want him, but the former Bournemouth defender himself insists that he is not looking to leave the Goldsands Stadium anytime soon.

“It's flattering,” talkSPORT quotes him as saying. "I am not going to say that you don't want to be linked with jobs because I think if you are not linked with jobs you are not winning games - so I will take that for winning games.

"But I have no interest in any other jobs bar this one. I don't listen to speculation or what the media say, it is very much about the day-to-day running of this football club. I love doing the job here and I am focussed on our next game on Saturday.”

One can understand why Howe does not want to leave Bournemouth. True, Newcastle are a much bigger club than the Championship outfit, but the Englishman can actually get the Cherries somewhere.

Bournemouth are currently a point clear at the top of the Championship table and are very much in contention for promotion to the Premier League.

True, they might falter in the second half of the season and start to slip down the table, but at the moment the challenge for Howe is very intriguing.

Howe has a chance to do something concrete with Bournemouth and take the club somewhere. At Newcastle, he will have to pick up the pieces and settle for a mid-table finish in the Premier League this season.

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