The unwanted Newcastle United problem that could be lurking soon amid England's Euros farce

England's Slovenia shambles on Tuesday night drags Newcastle United into an unwanted situation this summer.

Before Euro 2024 kicked off in earnest for the Three Lions - who are yet to really roar in Germany - the stance of the English FA was that Gareth Southgate could well stay beyond this summer providing his team don't disgrace themselves. But the narrative is rapidly beginning to change and the public's perception of Southgate is altering after a poor performance at the Euros so far.

A last 16 exit for England could lead to public pressure on the FA to ditch Southgate after this tournament or they could face more empty seats and paper aeroplane throwing at Wembley during what will be a subdued UEFA Nations League campaign next autumn. Southgate could yet redeem himself by leading England to the latter stages but the feeling is that failure to at least reach the semi-finals of this summer's Euros could result in the end of Southgate as boss.

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And that's where there will be a period of uncomfortable questions for Newcastle. Eddie Howe has already said he isn't ready for international management and would miss the day to day interaction with his squad and training.

Howe is very much a tracksuit manager that may not be suited to months of scouting up and down the Premier League and in Europe. But for all that, he fits the bill for England.

He is exactly the type of clean-cut figure and forward thinking character that England are looking for post-Southgate. Despite playing down talk of becoming England boss, the scenario could be very different if the FA do make an official approach for Howe.

Because then when an offer is in front of a club and manager, it becomes a different story. Somebody will almost certainly remind Howe that the chance to manage England and sit in the Wembley dugout may only happen once.

True, Newcastle have a plan in place that would see them well compensated by the FA for Howe's services with no escape clause in the existing framework of his deal. But any change of manager midsummer or mid-window is the last thing United need right now.

So let's hope that the situation is put to bed sooner rather than later. Let's hope England get better and find a way of progressing to the latter stages of Euros. The last thing Newcastle need right now is an unwanted managerial search.