Watford boss Marco Silva is currently the bookies’ favourite to take over at Goodison Park with average odds at 5/4 for his signature. But while the Portuguese is the man on everyone’s lips, it’s 39-year-old Howe who Bill Kenwright & co. should be seriously considering for the position.
Marco Silva’s Watford sit in an unprecedented ninth position in the Premier League after a promising start to the season. But the Hornets manager has little experience of the top flight compared to his Bournemouth counterpart.
His tenure at Hull City last season was uninspiring to say the least with eleven defeats in 22 matches from January to May 2017.
Whilst his exploits at Olympiakos were notable recording an almost 80% win rate – Eddie Howe has significantly more experience spanning all four tiers of the English divisions over nine seasons with the South Coast club.
If survival in the top tier is Everton’s chief concern, with the Toffees having loitered precariously above the relegation zone for the majority of this season, then Howe is the man to go for.
The 39-year-old has retained the Cherries’ status in the Premier League for two consecutive seasons, unprecedented for a club with a significantly smaller budget and stadium capacity than the majority of teams in the top flight.
The Toffees also have the best pool of young English talent in the division – so why not complement this with appointing the best up and coming English manager in Eddie Howe?
For young prospects like Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Tom Davies as well as recent signings Will Keane and Jordan Pickford, having Eddie Howe in charge would undoubtedly improve their careers.
This judgement is made on the basis of what he has achieved with players like Ryan Fraser and Joshua King, the latter of which has scored 23 goals since his arrival at the Vitality Stadium two years ago.
The young manager with greater understanding of the Premier League generates more of a rapport with young English players than Ronald Koeman ever could. His ability to make experienced football league players like Steve Cook and Charlie Daniels look competent at the highest level is second to none.
The pair began their careers with Bournemouth in League One in 2012 and are now regularly consistent performers for the Cherries.
There is the possibility that Howe might be holding out for an opportunity at a larger club maybe in the top six, but with Everton’s first approach for Silva rebuffed by Watford, the Hornets will surely be considering other options like Howe for the vacant position on Merseyside.
Howe is a homebird having returned to Dorset in 2011 after a spell in the North West at Burnley. But while he may be prudent to wait for a more lucrative managerial offer in future, the prospect of 40,000+ supporters, a side capable of competing for European football and a plethora of English talent may be too good an offer to reject.
We will wait and see whether Everton open their eyes and make an offer to try and prise Howe away from his beloved Bournemouth.