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Sunderland line up David Moyes despite FA's reported interest now in Eddie Howe

 
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Reports from Wearside suggest Sunderland have had initial discussions with former Everton and Manchester United boss David Moyes - if as they expect they need a replacement for Sam Allardyce. 'Big Sam' is long odds-on favourite to be offered the England job vacated by Roy Hodgson

But, according to The Sun this is not a done deal and  Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe is set to be interviewed by the FA for the England job as well.

The Bournemouth boss is on the FA’s shortlist of candidates to replace Roy Hodgson - along with Sam Allardyce and Jurgen Klinsmann.- but it would represent a big risk in many eyes.

Whilst Allardyce held provisional talks with the FA’s and remains favourite Howe is also regarded as a strong candidate and will meet with technical director Dan Ashworth next week when he returns from Bournemouth’s pre-season tour of the US.

Howe, 38, would become the youngest Three Lions boss in history if he went on to land the job ahead of Allardyce.

Howe became the youngest boss in the Football League when he took charge of the Cherries in 2009.

He led them from League Two to the Premier League in two spells in charge, either side of a failed stint at Burnley.

The remarkable achievement earned Howe a reputation as being one of the brightest young bosses in European football.

He enhanced this even further last season by keeping the Cherries in the Premier League against the odds.

FA bosses know Allardyce’s man-management skills and vast experience make him a strong contender.

But the Sunderland boss is 61 and would be more of a short-term fix than a long-term solution to the problem of transforming the Three Lions into genuine contenders on the international stage.

Despite his inexperience, FA bosses know Howe has a clear vision and approach to the game and could be capable of giving England a strong identity.

Meanwhile, Moyes has kepy his own council over a potential move to Sunderland.

Latest odds

Sam Allardyce 1/3
Gareth Southgate - 4­/1  
Gary Neville - 6­/1  
Alan Pardew - 8­/1  
Brendan Rodgers - 8­/1  
Sam Allardyce - 10­/1  
Eddie Howe - 12­/1  
Harry Redknapp - 16­/1  
Arsene Wenger - 20­/1  
Glenn Hoddle - 20­/1  
Slaven Bilic - 25­/1  
Garry Monk - 25­/1  
Mauricio Pochettino - 28­/1  
Steve Bruce - 28­/1  
Rafa Benitez - 28­/1  
Jose Mourinho - 33/1

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