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Managing England is 'the ultimate job' says Cherries boss

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has said he is "committed" to the Premier League club but reiterated his belief that managing England is "the ultimate job".

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe is a leading candidate to replace Sam Allardyce. Credit: PA Images

Howe was one of the leading candidates to replace Roy Hodgson when he stepped down as England boss in the summer and is now being linked with the post again following Sam Allardyce's shock departure.

The 38-year-old has previously said he would relish the chance to coach England one day but insisted this morning that he has not heard from the Football Association, while reaffirming his commitment to Bournemouth.

Eddie Howe said he needed to show loyalty to the players who had committed to him and the club. Credit: PA Images

They haven't come to me and my message is very similar. I am committed here, I love the job.

The England job is the ultimate job, I have signed players very recently and I am committed to them. I need to show them the same loyalty that they showed me. It's all hypothetical.

– Eddie Howe, Bournemouth manager

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Overnight wait for tickets to watch AFC Bournemouth v Liverpool

Bournemouth's Lewis Grabban scores from the penalty spot in a match earlier this month. Credit: PA Images

AFC Bournemouth fans have been queuing overnight to get tickets for their FA Cup clash with Liverpool.

With a limited number being sold at the stadium many of the supporters left empty handed. But for the lucky ones, they said the long wait had been worth it.

Bournemouth play Liverpool in the FA Cup fourth round on 25 January.