Sources: Howe stance on accepting Newcastle job revealed after Southampton twist
Eddie Howe is not expected to push for the Newcastle United job as he bides his time for the Southampton post to become available, Football Insider understands.
The former Bournemouth boss is one of the early bookmakers’ favourites to take over from Steve Bruce following the Saudi-led takeover.
A source with knowledge of Howe’s situation has told Football Insider that it would be very difficult to tempt him to the north-east even if he is targeted by the mega-rich new regime.
Newcastle chiefs are more likely to prioritise a top-tier manager who has won major trophies and could attract marquee players to the north-east.
As revealed by Football Insider yesterday, Everton boss Rafael Benitez is one of those who will be sounded out about his interest in a sensational return to the club he left in 2019.
Howe has been mooted elsewhere as a prime contender to replace Bruce, who is set to be dismissed ahead of the clash against Tottenham next week.
The 43-year-old has been out of work since his lengthy Bournemouth spell came to an end when they were relegated from the Premier League in July of last year.
He rejected the Celtic job due to misgivings about heading north of the border and sources have said location will be a key factor in his next posting.
Howe, who had an unhappy 18-month spell in charge of Burnley a decade ago, has strong roots on the south coast.
He is especially keen on taking over at Southampton, which is “on his doorstep”, amid growing doubts over Ralph Hasenhuttl’s long-term future.
Geography was a key factor in the Englishman rejecting the advances of Celtic following extensive negotiations, and that is likely to be an issue with Newcastle as well.
Howe’s snub infuriated Celtic fans who felt his dithering was disrespectful and also slowed down their own management hunt.