#2 Eddie Howe
Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe has been highly rated for many years now, and has always been tipped to eventually move onto bigger things – but with England’s biggest clubs having overlooked him, could a move to the London Stadium with West Ham be on the cards for the 41-year old? It’d certainly be an intriguing appointment.
Howe has done a tremendous job at the Vitality Stadium since beginning his second stint at the club in October 2012; he guided them up to the EFL Championship from League One in his first season in charge, and then secured promotion to the Premier League in the 2014/15 season. And Bournemouth have hardly struggled since – Howe has led them to strong mid-table finishes over the last four seasons, and the Cherries currently sit in 9th position in the table.
There are of course a few issues; Howe did fail in a brief stint at Burnley, and despite that almost being a decade ago, it has been suggested that he might struggle again away from the south coast.
But that’s largely conjecture, and the fact that he’s put together such an entertaining side at the Vitality – with the likes of Josh King, Callum Wilson and Ryan Fraser starring – suggests he’d fit in well with the perceived ‘West Ham style’.
Would Howe be willing to switch Bournemouth for West Ham? Cherries fans might suggest it would be a sideward step, but there’s no denying that the Hammers are the more prestigious club and have more financial power – meaning this could be a good move for both parties.