Sam Allardyce’s embroilment in Daily Telegraph’s investigation did come as an utter shock, much like his sacking hours after the revelation went viral and guillotined the former Sunderland boss in a flash. And the England National side seem to be in a spot of bother, again.
Funnily enough though, Big Sam finished his stint as the England boss with a 100 percent win ratio and a hundred percent clean sheet record.
As Under 21s boss Gareth Southgate takes over the affairs at the helm of the English national side, the former Middlesbrough manager would be well aware of the fact that he may not hold the same exalted status after four games in charge.
And then, the National side will be left in a concerning state, again.
And Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe, who is among those that are being tipped to take up the job, would be flattered by what is happening around him.
An Englishman himself, Howe is the youngest Premier League manager right now and is currently doing a commendable job at the Vitality Stadium, having undoubtedly made the Cherries what they are today.
And there’s a host of people who have come close to admitting that Howe is the man to take England forward, with former Manchester United, Manchester City and England star Owen Hargreaves of the opinion that Howe can help England win the World Cup in the coming eight years.
Watching England play often sends fans to sleep, especially those who support them.
The manner in which the side performed against Iceland in the Euros can be used as something that tends to define their situation – aimless and lack of hunger to succeed.
The lackadaisical nature of the game, which was replicated by the players during the recent 1-0 win over Slovakia, is something that has become an unavoidable tag to append England to.
For Big Sam, it was a case of his players still trying to blend into his own style, but for good old Roy, it was nothing short of cataclysmic.
And if Eddie Howe was the England manager, we would never see the players perform in the manner that they performed against Slovakia and Iceland.
It would be a performance that would be filled to the brim with a lot of heart and verve to do things on the pitch.
And Howe’s Bournemouth is a side that oozes the willingness to fight, often possessing the drive to upset a superior opposition such as Everton. England are in a frantic need for the Howe-esque spirit to spur them on in their quests.
Bournemouth’s successes in the Championship, a year after gaining promotion from League One and in the Premier League have been founded on the same qualities.
The determination and willingness, on and off the ball have allowed the Cherries to defy a lot of odds, despite not being the best side in the divisions they’ve crept up from.
And Howe’s methods have ended up attaining success with the help of players that have been acquired from unknown clubs; take Harry Arter, Eunan O’Kane, Steve Cook, Marc Pugh or the now-departed Matt Ritchie as examples of it.
It was relatibility to one another about firstly, being English (barring the dynamic Ritchie) and secondly, coming from small and humble clubs and backgrounds, that made them fight for a common notion.
Howe enthused them with the energy and spirit for how to go about achieving that common goal. And that worked perfectly in Bournemouth’s favor, as time fleeted past and they jumped one division after the other.
The work-ethic that Howe’s side has shown is certainly commendable, apart from being just the kind of attitude towards the game that England need right now.
The nation’s players, much like the Bournemouth players have similar backgrounds and the need to fight for a goal that the whole nation yearns for.
Howe’s pragmatism in the game is something that stands out too. The presence of fleet-footed players such as Joshua King, Junior Stanislas, formerly Ritchie, now Jordan Ibe and the likes is something that makes them a threat on the break, especially at home.
He and his sides know how to win games in a smash and grab manner, which has become a trend in international football, judging from the showings of the Hungary, Iceland and Wales in the Euros.
England’s monotonous manner of trying to control possession and struggling to do anything useful with it, has assumed the form of being an argument that says that England attempt to copy the German and Spanish style of play.
Rather than evolving their own, fresh approach to the game that can help them carve out their own identity in the footballing fora.
And Howe, much like Big Sam will bring that aura about the team about striving to being unique and attempting to impose their own identity in a world that is striving to copy the others.
That gung-ho swagger of being the nation that invented the game would suit Howe’s England more than it suited Roy Hodgson. Because they’ll fight till the last blast in the final whistle is heard echoing across the stadium.
But his long-term vision comes as an ability that is next to impossible to pull off internationally. A manager doesn’t have the time and resources to develop youngsters, as much as they can at club-level.
At Bournemouth, Howe had every minute to spend with his players to make sure that his philosophy fits in, and the time he has spent at the club has made him a manager whose system is being understood fully, much like Mauricio Pochettino at Tottenham.
At the international level, long term thinking is something a manager has to sacrifice to some extent, considering the amount of time that players spend with clubs and how much they’ve dedicated to them.
But the potential vacancy presents more of the possibility of remodelling oneself into ‘another England manager’ rather than being a fresh acquisition in a world of wannabes.
The amount of stick that the past two or three England manager have received during the tenure have established them as being a villain, if not a ‘laughing stock’ and the source of jokes.
And Howe, being a more unknown commodity to the general public than Gareth Southgate or the legendary Arsene Wenger, would become a more prominent centre of negative attraction.
And perils of succumbing to the same factors as the former managers lingers large, once anybody takes over the hotseat at Wembley, not just Howe.
Moreover, the problems with the England national side and their state isn’t down just to who manages the outfit.
It extends to roots that are more deep lying than we think and carry more complexities than changing managers.