Spanish football expert delivers verdict on Eddie Howe's England credentials

Television pundit and journalist Guillem Balague during the Soccerex Transfer Review by Prime Time Sport

Spanish football expert Guillem Balague has had his say on Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe's credentials for the England job.

Guillem Balague Presenter of Sky Sports during the press conferenceGuillem Balague

Roy Hodgson resigned after his side crashed out of Euro 2016 with a 2-1 defeat to Iceland in what goes down as one of the most embarrassing nights in English football history.

England limped into the last 16 after toiling to a second place finish in the group stages behind Wales.

That failure saw them entered into the perceived tougher side of the draw where it looked like they would face Portugal until a late goal from Iceland in their last group game.

But it only provided the platform for the Three Lions to truly embarrass a nation against one of the minnows of international football.

Bournemouth's Eddie Howe applauds fans after the gameBournemouth's Eddie Howe

'Give him four or five years'

Howe is third favourite behind former England boss Glenn Hoddle and the favourite Gareth Southgate, according to Oddschecker while the likes of Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce have also been mooted.

And when it was put to the Sky Sports pundit on Twitter that Howe is the man to replace Hodgson, Balague agreed wholeheartedly.

He said: "Me too (think Howe should replace Hodgson).

"And give him four or five years."

Me too. And give him four or five years https://t.co/Ik0TpDosnO

— Guillem Balague (@GuillemBalague) June 28, 2016

 

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe and players applaud the fans at the end of the gameBournemouth manager Eddie Howe with his players

Howe has achieved success in style

The remarkable job he has done in two spells with the Cherries are certainly been impressive.

And the manner in which it has been achieved, with Bournemouth playing some fantastic passing football, is admirable.

England head coach Roy HodgsonDeparted: England head coach Roy Hodgson

England pressure on another level

Managing England, though, would be an entirely different level of pressure than Howe has ever experienced.

It has broken many an experienced manager let alone one so young.

But perhaps Balague is right in his assessment having seen first hand the revolution in Spanish football over the last decade.

Maybe Howe is exactly the kind of energetic, enthusiastic young mind the country needs to lead us back to a semblance of respectability.

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