Everton have reportedly earmarked Eddie Howe as their preferred replacement for Marco Silva, who looks increasingly likely to be running out of time at Goodison Park.
That is according to The Mirror, who claim the Cherries boss has become the universal first-choice for Everton should the Portuguese coach get the shove.
Whilst many might question why howe would turn his back on the excellent job he has done at Bournemouth to take over at a clearly struggling Everton, Howe has made his love for Everton well known in the past.
Despite being from the south coast, Howe is a boyhood Everton fan. Speaking on the Graham Hunter Big Interview Podcast, as reported by the Liverpool Echo in 2016, Howe made it clear he is a huge Everton fan.
“I was a passionate Everton fan as a kid. I lived near Watford – born in Amersham, raised in Chesham – so I used to watch Watford. Watford were playing in the 1984 Cup final, so I turned it on being a Watford fan, and then watched the game and there was just something that said I have to support the blue team.
“I didn’t get to Goodison until I was at a late, very late, age. We basically couldn’t (afford it), so that didn’t happen. That was my dream to go to Goodison as a kid, never got there until later in life.”
Howe would be an excellent choice to take over at Everton and his incredible work at Dean Court clearly demonstrates that point.
His place as an Everton fan would also make him a far superior candidate than other options.
Whilst not a local lad, he will understand the ethos of the club and what Everton fans are likely to want from their manager.
Everton fans will no doubt be happy if Howe is brought in to replace the under-siege Silva in the weeks to come.