Daily Mirror journalist Andy Dunn believes Eddie Howe should be considered for the vacant Everton job as “it’s the best he can hope for”, meaning that he won’t be enticed into leaving the club like Carlo Ancelotti did earlier this week.
Ancelotti ended his 18-month stint at Everton earlier this week when he returned to Spain to be re-appointed at Real Madrid, six years after leaving the Spanish giants.
Everton have reportedly begun the search for Ancelotti’s successor, with The Athletic reporting that Steven Gerrard, Nuno Espirito Santo, and David Moyes are a few of the names The Toffees have lined up.
However, Dunn believes Everton should by eyeing up former Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe, suggesting it may be worth going down the route of hiring a manager of a lower calibre.
Speaking on The Daily Mirror’s Football Digest podcast, he had this to say:
“Employ a manager who you know is going to see a long-term plan through, assuming the results go okay. In other words, someone who’s not going to be poached by Real Madrid, someone who’s a relatively young manager, who is on board with the entire project, who, for him, Everton is the biggest and best that he could hope for.
“Eddie Howe springs to my mind. Is Eddie Howe, ever in his career going to be enticed, or tempted, or courted by, say, a Real Madrid or a Barcelona, or even a Manchester United as David Moyes was? I don’t think so.
“But is he the type of character, that if you turn around to him and say, ‘here, we’re going to invest this in the team, this is how we see it going, this is how our director of football sees it going… We’re going to move into a new stadium. This is a gradual re-establishing of Everton as the force they should be, which is a big, big club in the Premier League.”
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Howe has been out of work since the end of the 2019/20 season, ending his long association with Bournemouth as the club’s manager, with relegation to the Championship on his final game in charge.
Most recently linked with the Celtic managerial role, Howe received great praise during his time with Bournemouth as he guided them through the Football League all the way to a club-high ninth-place finish in the Premier League.
As Dunn suggests, the Englishman could be a good appointment for Everton as they would be able to sell him the vision of the long-term plans at Everton, including the new stadium project, without having to worry about the prospect of him being snapped up by one of Europe’s biggest clubs.