Eddie Howe has done a fantastic job at Bournemouth in the Premier League since guiding the Cherries to promotion back in 2015.
Under Howe, Bournemouth have recorded 12th, 9th and 16th place finishes in English football’s top flight and have rarely ever looked like a team under threat of dropping down to the Championship.
What has been most impressive about Bournemouth, though, is how Howe has got them playing.
While it can lead to costly mistakes, the team more often than not look to play out of defence and, in general, have probably been one of the more brave teams to have been promoted in recent years.
As well as building play from the back, Howe has Bournemouth attacking in numbers and going toe-to-toe on some occasions against the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea — getting good results in the process.
As a result, Howe had been touted on numerous occasions in the past to succeed Arsene Wenger as Arsenal manager only for that honour to, of course, go to Unai Emery.
At 40 years of age, however, there is still obviously time for Howe to one day seek a new challenge away from Bournemouth and perhaps throw his hat into the ring for a top-six job.
Before being a serious candidate for one of England’s top managerial jobs, though, Howe may first have to prove himself at a bigger club — no disrespect to Bournemouth — and an outfit such as Everton could be the perfect platform.
Everton only appointed Marco Silva in the summer, but the Merseyside club have shown in recent years they have not been afraid to wield the axe on underperforming managers.
And if Silva ends up finding himself in a similar situation, then bringing in Howe could be in both parties best interests.
In Howe, Everton would be getting a manager who has shown in this division that he is capable of both getting results and ensuring his team deliver an attractive brand of football on the pitch.
As for the Englishman, he gets the chance to work with a larger transfer budget, higher calibre of players and a possible audition for a job at one of the Premier League’s top six clubs.
A lot of factors will need to materialise before the above happens, and in this moment of time such events taking place look unlikely.
Silva appears to be the manager Everton see as being able to take the club forward, while Bournemouth seems to be a comfort zone that Howe just is not willing to leave as things stand.
In the Premier League, however, things change quickly and it would not be a surprise to one day see Howe in the Goodison Park dugout.Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!
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