Jack Wilshere tips ‘top man-manager’ Eddie Howe for the England job if Gareth Southgate quits and says the Newcastle boss – who he worked with at Bournemouth – would give players ‘detailed, one-to-one attention’
Should Southgate decide to step down, Wilshere thinks the FA should approach Howe to succeed him, but has admitted that the Newcastle boss may feel he has unfinished business on Tyneside.
Gareth Southgate is considering his future after England were knocked out of the World Cup
Jack Wilshere thinks England should move for Eddie Howe is Southgate walks away
‘If Gareth Southgate does leave the England job, I’d love the FA to try and get Eddie Howe,’ Wilshere wrote in his column for The Sun.
‘I know how good Eddie is from my time at Bournemouth but people wondered whether he could make that step up to a bigger club.
‘Well, now he has shown at Newcastle how skilled he is at developing players and he’s turning them into title challengers.
‘The problem for the FA would be persuading him to swap his club for his country — and I’m not sure they’ll be able to do that.
‘He might feel it’s too early for him and that he wants more time to build success in the North East. If he delivered silverware for Newcastle he’d be a god.
‘But the England job is the pinnacle for any English coach and it might be hard to turn down if there is a proper offer on the table.’
Wilshere has praised Howe’s man-management skills and his attention to detail
Southgate has earned praise for bringing England’s players together after their Euro 2016 debacle, with the atmosphere within the camp improving considerably during his six years at the helm.
Having played under Howe at Bournemouth, Wilshere believes the 45-year-old possesses similar qualities when it comes to man-management, and has also compared him to former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.
‘Eddie is so thorough in everything he does — from the way he organises the season, to his well-thought-out training sessions, to the one-to-one attention he gives players,’ Wilshere continued.
‘He’s a top man-manager. I’d only had Arsene Wenger as a club boss before I went to Bournemouth and he was a great man-manager, too — but in a different way to Eddie.
‘Arsene would give you a lot of trust and confidence and left you to get on with it. Eddie was more detailed, probably because the level of player he had was not as good as Arsenal’s.
‘Eddie had to coach more. Arsene didn’t really have to tell Samir Nasri or Tomas Rosicky how to play between the lines. Eddie would tell you how to do it and give you feedback — not always positive — but the way he did it made you really want to play for him.
Wilshere does not think the next England manager has to be English, and has praised Fabio Capello for the impact he had on his career
‘I couldn’t recommend him highly enough.’
The number of English candidates to replace Southgate appear to be limited, with Howe relatively new into his job at Newcastle, while Graham Potter only took over at Chelsea in September.
Jamie Carragher sparked debate on Tuesday by claiming the England manager should always be English, but Wilshere does not necessarily agree, and has pointed out that Fabio Capello did wonders for his career.
‘I don’t believe we must have an English boss but he needs to understand the English game,’ Wilshere said.
‘Arsene was the best manager in my career and, though brought his own style, he picked up a lot of our qualities, too.
‘While ex-England boss Fabio Capello got a lot of stick, I found him unbelievable. He gave me my debut when I was only 18, just after the 2010 World Cup and gave me the confidence to play in that environment.
‘It’s well known his English wasn’t the best so we didn’t have long conversations but he put me in the team and backed me at a young age and I’ll be forever grateful for that.’