Eddie Howe has had people worshiping the ground he walks on for years now, and they aren’t even all Bournemouth fans that do it. The 38-year-old has been tipped for the England job lately among other high positions, but the truth of the matter is that he doesn’t have the bottle to manage at the bigger teams in the country. Fact.
This Tory MP on the select committee quizzing Greg Clarke has gone a bit random. Now trying to get Eddie Howe the England job.
— Tony Barrett (@TonyBarrett) October 17, 2016
So let’s go back to the beginning. After playing for the Cherries from an early age in their youth system, he went on to make over 250 appearances for the South Coast side before eventually becoming manager a year after retiring from the game. Fairy tale story, right?
As manager, he managed to guide Bournemouth to promotion from League Two to League One, and then eventually from League One to the Championship. He did what?! My god he is the greatest manager alive today, this is the best story I’ve ever heard in my entire life. But wait, there’s more.
Then he did the unthinkable. He secured promotion to the Premier League with this underdog side, and despite a number of injuries he kept them up in their first season back. Amazing. Phenomenal. Sensational. Oh wait, I forgot something.
He left to join Burnley halfway through this journey. Yup. He was there for just under two years and the club finished 8th and 13th in the Championship under his reign before he eventually went scurrying back to Bournemouth.
So what exactly does this indicate? It indicates that when he makes that move up to the next level he can’t thrive like he did at Bournemouth. The gulf in quality between the likes of Bournemouth and the Arsenals and Englands of the world that he has been linked with is astronomical, and he won’t be able to handle that pressure. Sure he’s only young, but a lot of managers have that certain grit and determination at that age that he doesn’t seem to possess.
He just doesn’t have the passion that you’d expect to see. Is he riding a wave of momentum that is leading to this success? I think he very well may be. No matter how hard people push and push for an appointment like Eddie Howe, his development isn’t there yet and I’m not sure it ever will be. He would be the definition of a horror appointment for England and he would just go down the Steve McClaren route.
His Burnley tenure speaks volumes about the future for Eddie Howe. His best chance of longevity in the managerial game is staying right where he is for the foreseeable future.