According to reports in The Mirror, Everton could be dealt a blow if they move to try to bring Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe to Goodison Park this summer with the Cherries confident that he will stay put.
Well, The Mirror says that Toffees boss Sam Allardyce is under increasing pressure following yet another defeat on the road – they have now lost six on the bounce – against Burnley on Saturday, and contines to be unpopular among the Goodison Park faithful.
Meanwhile, Bournemouth are just one place and one point behind the Merseyside outfit in the Premier League standings, with the south coast outfit only losing one of their last 10 top flight games.
But The Mirror says the Cherries are confident they would be able to keep hold of the highly-rated 40-year-old even if the likes of Everton or Arsenal come calling form him at the end of the campaign.
Bournemouth certainly didn’t make the best of starts to the Premier League campaign after losing their opening four matches, but a decent return of results in October and November saw them pick up, before they found themselves in trouble again in December.
However, one defeat in 10 since Boxing Day has lifted the Cherries up to 12th, and they are now only a couple of victories away from securing their top flight status for the third successive season.
Howe has to take a lot of the credit for that achievement and getting the best out of a squad that perhaps isn’t the best on paper, but he has also spent a fair amount on new players during the last few transfer windows.
He certainly would be.
The Merseyside club need a younger and more dynamic coach to take them forward – something that Allardyce doesn’t look as though he will do – and someone like Howe would be a decent candidate because of the Premier League experience he has.
The Toffees may be aiming slightly higher if recent reports linking them to Diego Simeone and Luis Enrique are to believed though, and that could discount the 40-year-old Englishman from their thinking.
It could be difficult, despite their confidence.
There will come a stage when Howe feels he has taken the Cherries as far as he can, and he will look to move to another club that can match the managerial ambitions that he undoubtedly will have.