Former Arsenal midfielder Wilshere tips ‘top man-manager’ for England job if Southgate quits

Joe Williams
England star Jack Wilshere looks towards reporters

Former Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere thinks England should attempt to lure Eddie Howe away from Newcastle United if Gareth Southgate leaves his job.

Despite a good performance against France in the quarter-finals of the World Cup, England lost 2-1 to Didier Deschamps side and exited the tournament.

Southgate’s side were one of the early favourites for the tournament and the England boss says he won’t rush a decision on his future.

Reports claim that the Football Association are desperate to keep Southgate in the job until at least Euro 2024 with Thomas Tuchel, Mauricio Pochettino and numerous British managers linked with the position.

There have also been conflicting claims over whether the FA will consider a foreign coach with one report insisting that the governing body would prefer a manager from the British Isles.

Jamie Carragher got into a row with Richard Keys on Twitter about the potential nationality of Southgate’s successor but Wilshere reckons Newcastle boss Howe would be the man for the job, despite doubts that he would leave St James’ Park so soon after joining.

“If Gareth Southgate does leave the England job, I’d love the FA to try and get Eddie Howe,” Wilshere told 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.

“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.

“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.”

READ MORE: Every Premier League team’s player of the World Cup as Julian Alvarez unseats Stones