England manager shortlist cut to two to replace Gareth Southgate after Euro 2024

The FA are now left with two obvious candidates to replace Gareth Southgate as England manager after Euro 2024, according to reports.

It's widely expected Southgate will step down from his role as Three Lions boss following next summer's tournament in Germany, which will be his fourth since taking the reins in November 2016. That's when his contract expires, although he hasn't yet ruled out a new deal.

His bosses have begun planning for life without him in the dugout, drawing up a shortlist of targets they'd consider approaching. According to The Telegraph, they're going to have to cross Eddie Howe's name off.

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His impressive work at Newcastle, having also done a solid job with Bournemouth in the Premier League too, makes him the standout pick in the eyes of many. But it's claimed he wants to stay on Tyneside for many years to come and isn't interested in transitioning to international football until later in his career.

And the St James' Park hierarchy will therefore block any approach for him, with there no pressure on Howe to achieve a top-four finish again this season given their added workload with a Champions League campaign.

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As such, that's said to leave FA chiefs with a pair of fellow Englishmen as their other options. They are Nottingham Forest's Steve Cooper and former Brighton and Chelsea manager Graham Potter.

Cooper looked at risk of losing his job at times last season, but the backing from his board was vindicated as he guided Forest to safety and they sit 13th in the table after eight games played.

Potter, meanwhile, has been out of a job since being given the boot from Stamford Bridge in April. Like Howe, he appears a natural successor to Southgate – but he too would prefer sticking with club management if an opportunity arises this season, the report states.

It seems the FA won't act on a previous suggestion that Lionesses boss Sarina Wiegman could take over. FA chief executive Mark Bullingham tentatively hinted at the consideration earlier this year.

"Do I think football is behind other sports in terms of a lack of female coaches at the top level? I do. I think that has to change," he said, adding: "Do I think Sarina could do any job in football? Yes, I do. I'm really happy with the job she's doing, and I hope she stays for a long time."

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