The weekend rolled around and brought the predictable.
A space in the news-pages? A hole to be filled?
What about suggesting Eddie Howe is ‘pushing hard’ to become next Everton manager? Yes, why not? That’ll do fine.
Andy Dunn from The Mirror ran with the idea.
He wrote: “Howe is best judged on the job he did in taking Bournemouth through the divisions and how he had his team performing for most of their five years in the Premier League. He took Bournemouth to another level in English football.”
True. He took them back to the Championship after finishes of 16th, 9th, 12th 14th before eventually succumbing to the drop.
Okay, perhaps that is unfair. Howe did guide the Cherries from League Two to the Premier League in the space of five years. That is a Football Manager-esque achievement and deserves serious recognition.
Look at Salford City for example. Even backed by the riches of Peter Lim and the Manchester United ‘Class of ’92’ they have not been able to buy success. Howe navigated the Football League on a modest budget and on the back of financial turmoil.
Perhaps if this were 2017 – after Bournemouth recorded a maiden top-half Premier League finish – Howe would be a desirable candidate.
In fact, he may well have been the perfect candidate, a boyhood Evertonian in the mould of David Moyes when he first arrived at Goodison Park.
But it is not. It is 2021 and Everton have been left shocked by three-time Champions League winner Carlo Ancelotti. Farhad Moshiri and Marcel Brands will not have been expecting to search for a new manager when the season came to a disappointing close.
Yet even if Everton are scrambling to find suitable targets at short notice, Howe should not be in consideration, and the ECHO understands he does not have the approval of a high-ranking. Summary ends.