Has Southgate Changed the Nature of England Job?

Last updated : 30 July 2020 By Three Lions

Long seen as a potential future England manager, Eddie Howe saw his Bournemouth side relegated from the Premier League on Sunday afternoon, ending an 5-season stay in the top flight for the Cherries.

Howe has said in recent weeks that his long association with the club would not necessarily be over if relegation was the outcome of a disappointing season and it also shouldn't mean the end of any ambitions he may have to coach the national team.

Gareth Southgate's record in club level management, namely relegation with Middlesbrough, was mentioned frequently when he took caretaker charge of England after Sam Allardyce's departure but does his success with the Three Lions mean it would no longer be a major issue were Howe to be his successor with a relegation to his name?

Howe's body of work with Bournemouth remains strong, taking them into the top division and remaining there for 5 season and if Southgate is to depart after the 2022 World Cup then he would certainly come into contention.

Roy Hodgson made a case for Sean Dyche as England manager recently and the Burnley boss, like Howe, may be coming to the point in his career when a move on suits all parties.

Other English managers have also enjoyed good Premier League seasons, namely Frank Lampard and Chris Wilder but would 2022 be too soon for either of them to leave clubs where they have deep roots?