Everton supporters have been in fine voice in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their team ease past Huddersfield Town in the Premier League last weekend, thus leaving the Toffees searching for a third successive win when they face Southampton on Saturday.
Sam Allardyce’s men beat Newcastle United 1-0 at Goodison Park little under two weeks ago to get back to winning ways in the league, before backing that up with a 2-0 success at the John Smith’s Stadium last weekend, thus keeping them eighth in the table. And the Merseysiders will seek to record a third straight victory for the first time since January 2017 when they host Mark Hughes’ Saints on Saturday, who themselves are in need of the points in their bid to avoid relegation.
As such, there have been many satisfied Toffees fans in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are hoping their team can maintain their fine recent run between now and the end of the season, and thus build momentum ahead of the 2018/19 campaign.
In the meantime though, there has been plenty for our resident Evertonians to discuss, not least recent reports suggesting that Marco Silva is one name the Toffees hierarchy are considering with regards to replacing current boss Allardyce, who has come under fire in recent weeks by the club’s supporters.
However, the Merseyside should forget about the former Watford and Hull City chief, and instead seek to replace the unwanted Allardyce with highly-rated Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe, who has quite simply done a sensational job at the Vitality Stadium.
Ultimately, there are a few questions marks surrounding Silva’s capabilities, having failed to keep Hull in the Premier League back in 2017, and then failing to get Watford out of a big slump in form before losing his job earlier this season.
Yes, one could argue that he did well to even give Hull a chance of survival, and circumstances did come into play during his time at Vicarage Road, but ultimately both stints ended in disappointment to further throw into doubt his credentials in the Premier League.
Yet no such concerns are had regarding the ability of Howe, who has time and again kept Bournemouth in the Premier League, doing so playing entertaining and attacking football.
The 40-year-old, the youngest manager in the top-flight, led the Cherries to League One promotion back in 2013 before securing Championship promotion two years later, and despite several writing their Premier League chances off, Howe led them to safety in their first ever top tier campaign.
And while the so-called ‘second season syndrome’ hits many clubs, Bournemouth went from strength to strength by recording a top half finish last term, and they again look set to avoid the drop this time round given they are 12th with just two games to play.
Ultimately, one could argue that Bournemouth are now an established Premier League side, and manager Howe has played a huge part in that success, and has undoubtedly earned the right to a top job – Everton could give him that.
The 40-year-old has proven that he can build a club up given time, and with the Toffees eyeing a new era in a new stadium in years to come, Howe could be the man to lead them there and take them forward.
Allardyce clearly isn’t the answer, but the brand of football Howe’s Bournemouth play, alongside the simply remarkable job he has done at the South Coast outfit, suggests that he could be the ideal man to take the reins at Goodison Park.
Thus, with doubts surrounding Silva after a troubling stint at Watford, the Toffees should forget about him and instead seek to replace Allardyce with Cherries chief Howe.
Everton fans… what do you think? Let us know!