Everton have made Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe their number one choice to take over from Marco Silva should they decide to sack the Portuguese boss in the coming weeks.
Silva faces a make-or-break clash with Leicester City tomorrow with Everton bosses ready to drop the axe if things go badly wrong.
The Mirror is reporting that boyhood Everton fan Howe is now the number-one choice at Goodison Park to take over from Silva. Everton majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri and chairman Bill Kenwright are in agreement over the idea and are ‘armed with a lucrative personal package’ which would make Howe one of the best-paid coaches in the top-flight.
The report also comments on the previous links to David Moyes.
Moyes had been earmarked as a potential replacement, which would have seen him returning to Goodison Park six-and-half years after leaving for Manchester United.
But despite his 11 years of previous service to Everton, it was not a popular idea among the Everton fanbase. Moyes struggled at United and with Real Sociedad, Sunderland, and West Ham, leaving his reputation less than favourable.
That negative opinion among fans saw potential plans to bring Moyes back ‘scrapped’. The report also suggested Moyes was ‘surprised’ by the negative response from Everton fans regarding his potential reappointment.
Everton could now find themselves in a similar expensive position when trying to bring Howe in from Bournemouth as they did when trying to appoint Silva from Watford.