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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


Howe to be introduced to fans ahead of this afternoon's match

Eddie Howe to be AFC Bournemouth's new manager Credit: Mick Cunningham

AFC Bournemouth is expected to introduce the side's former manager Eddie Howe and his assistant Jason Tindall as the Cherries' new management team today.

The Cherries' bosses confirmed on Friday October 12, that they had agreed a compensation package with Burnley to bring the double act back to Dean Court.

Eddie Howe had managed the Cherries for two years with Jason Tindall as his assistant before transferring to Burnley's Turf Moor.

Paul Groves left AFC Bournemouth as manager last week.

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Eddie Howe to return to Bournemouth?

Howe left the Cherries nearly two years ago to manage Championship Burnley. Credit: PA

The favourite to take over at AFC Bournemouth is former manager Eddie Howe.

He left the Cherries nearly two years ago to manage Championship Burnley. Reports suggest Howe is keen to re-join family on the south coast and that the clubs are discussing compensation.

He's likely to be accompanied by his backroom staff - including assistant manager Jason Tindall.

Howe took training at Burnley as normal on Wednesday and this morning, as the clubs discuss a financial package.

The 34 year old made more than 200 appearances for Bournemouth and managed them for two years - during which time he masterminded promotion to League One.

Since his departure though, the club has failed to replicate such success, under former managers Lee Bradbury and most recently Paul Groves.