Howe, who won 23 caps for England as a right-back, is seen as the perfect candidate for the post. His task would be to begin the FA's overhaul of the coaching structure throughout the game from schools to Premier League, in preparation for the appointment of a technical director.
Howe managed West Bromwich Albion, Arsenal, Queen's Park Rangers and Coventry as well as working in Turkey and Saudi Arabia. But his reputation was built as a coach, initially alongside Bertie Mee in Arsenal's Double-winning side, then with the England managers, Ron Greenwood and Bobby Robson, and at Wimbledon when they won the FA Cup.
Wolverhampton Wanderers have spent £134,000 on the former Queen's Park Rangers centre-half, Brian Law - two years after he retired because of ligament injuries in both feet. The 24-year-old Welsh international restored his fitness on a back-packing trip around the world.
Graham Taylor, the Wolves manager, has also set up a £50,000 deal for Millwall's winger, Jermaine Wright, a cousin of Arsenal's Ian Wright, while Notts County, have spent £100,000 on the QPR striker Devon White.
Huddersfield Town were also spending money yesterday, taking two players from Bradford City: the midfielder and Valley Parade's captain, Lee Duxbury, who was priced at £250,000 plus appearance increments, and the defender, Lee Sinnott, who cost £105,000.Another defender, Graham Mitchell, made the opposite move on a free transfer.
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