After narrowly missing out on an illustrious place in the FA Cup Final to Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United last time out, the pressure has begun to mount even further upon the once composed figure of Roberto Martinez in the Goodison Park dug-out.
Regardless of where Everton end up this season, certain sections of the loyal Toffees faithful have already written the 2015/16 campaign off as one to forget, in light of just how little progress this talented group of players have made under their current main man at the helm.
So then, as Everton will reportedly look to move for Eddie Howe on the back of everything the 38-year-old tactician has successfully achieved with Bournemouth this season, would the up and coming English manager really be an adequate fit for the Toffees ahead of the new league campaign, or must the boardroom staff behind the scenes at Goodison look to point their attention elsewhere this coming summer?
Well, as Everton have seemingly failed to improve all that much under their current boss over the past few seasons, and are distancing themselves further and further from the supposed ‘big-club status’ many Toffees supporters seem to cling to. Add to this that they potentially risk losing several of their star men before the 2016/17 campaign even gets underway, and it looks as if the writing may very well be on the wall for Martinez.
The former Swansea City and Wigan Athletic manager has, perhaps, taken Everton as far as he possibly can at this particular stage in the proceedings, for although Martinez initially impressed with his attractive style of play and match-winning mentality, Everton no longer resemble such a formidable outfit.
The club’s reported interest in landing a new main man to steer the ship next season therefore arrives with little surprise in the cold light of day, even if Bournemouth’s Howe may indeed seem like somewhat of an unorthodox choice on first impressions alone.
But whilst other more experienced names have all been linked with their own potentially sensational switches to Goodison Park for the upcoming league campaign, perhaps the admittedly less ceremonious alternative down at the Vitality Stadium could actually represent the most promising option of the entire bunch upon closer inspection…
Howe may certainly fail to go down as the most noteworthy managerial name currently operating upon the European circuit – that much seemingly goes without saying – but after his somewhat understated heroics with the Cherries this season, maybe the modest English tactician could prove the most suitable option for Everton with future plans in mind.
David Moyes has already started and finished his respective chapter down at Goodison Park after all, Manuel Pellegrini probably wouldn’t be in it for the long-run should the Toffees eventually turn to his services above all else this summer, and as Marcelo Bielsa ultimately represents somewhat of an unknown entity within the Premier League, he too must admittedly go down as a rather risky option when all is said and done.
If it hadn’t been for the incredible managerial triumphs of Claudio Ranieri with Leicester City this season, Howe would probably have earned far more praise. Bournemouth were once considered dead-certs for the drop if we’re all being honest, yet despite seeing his side ravaged by injuries earlier on in the campaign, Howe nonetheless looks to have maintained the Cherries’ Premier League status for at least another season, with the Dorset side currently level on points with Everton at this specific stage.
Although several other well-established managerial figures have cropped up for Everton and the determined Goodison Park faithful in recent weeks, Eddie Howe’s achievements in the English top-flight this term should hold the 38-year-old in good stead if the Toffees eventually come a-callin’ this summer…\