His impact at Newcastle United was not immediate, but Eddie Howe is slowly working his magic on Tyneside as their renaissance continued apace on Sunday with a 1-0 home win over Aston Villa.
The former Bournemouth boss arrived at St James’ Park to replace the sacked Steve Bruce in November.
It took him nearly a month to win a game – a 1-0 home success against Burnley – and it was only when the transfer window opened and signings were made that Newcastle’s form picked up.
But Sunday’s win over Villa, courtesy of Kieran Tripper’s first-half free-kick, marked a third successive Premier League victory.
The fine sequence of results has lifted the Magpies out of the drop zone, massively bolstered their survival prospects and also boosted Howe’s reputation.
Bookies make him the favourite to replace Gareth Southgate as England manager in the coming years.
You can get 10/1 with Betfair for Howe to be the next Three Lions boss.
Former Newcastle defender Jonathan Woodgate told freebets.com: “I think Eddie Howe will get Newcastle out of trouble.
“I rate him highly and I think he’s going to be an England manager one day.”
Paddy Power meanwhile, make Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard and new Everton manager Frank Lampard 12/1 with succeed Southgate in the Three Lions hot-seat.