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ED­DIE HOWE has three op­tions in front of him now.

He can jump straight back into man­age­ment and hope that a big­ger club than Bournemout­h comes knock­ing, he can have a break and be ready for Novem­ber or De­cem­ber, or he can take a sab­bat­i­cal and come back fully recharged next sum­mer.

I’d be tempted to go for the sec­ond op­tion if I were him be­cause he doesn’t have the star qual­ity that Pep Guardi­ola had when he took a full year out. He’ll still have time to go and watch Bay­ern Mu­nich, Barcelona and Real Madrid train­ing, and talk to their man­agers.

And Howe (be­low) needs to bend the ear of Premier League vet­er­ans such as Roy Hodg­son, Harry Red­knapp and David Moyes to see what he has done wrong.

We know Howe wants to play foot­ball the right way and credit to him for that, but he clearly needs to pick their brains about set­ting up a team to be able to de­fend... and de­fend prop­erly.

I once had an Eng­land crowd singing my name be­cause they wanted me to come on at Wem­b­ley, and the man­ager Terry Ven­ables told me, ‘You’re al­ways bet­ter when you’re not play­ing’.

Howe is go­ing to find he be­comes an even bet­ter man­ager now he’s out of the game and I can see an As­ton Villa, West Ham, Crys­tal Palace or even Leeds com­ing knock­ing if they don’t have a good start.

IF Manch­ester City don’t win the Cham­pi­ons League this sum­mer then it won’t be be­cause they haven’t scored enough goals, it will be be­cause their rear­guard has made one or two mis­takes.

There’s a mas­sive ques­tion mark over City’s abil­ity to keep clean sheets against the best sides – and whether or not de­fend­ers are in fact Pep Guardi­ola’s kryp­tonite.

I LOVED the month I had at Ful­ham as a player (be­low) but, I still hope Brent­ford win to­day’s Cham­pi­onship play-off fi­nal.

It’s good to have some old names back in the Premier League in Leeds and West Brom – but now and again it’s nice to have a dif­fer­ent name up there as well.

They have played some crack­ing foot­ball this sea­son, and if the Bees go up then none of us should be sur­prised if they’re sit­ting com­fort­ably in mid-ta­ble this time next sum­mer.

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