It’s still unclear whether current boss Sam Allardyce will be kept on at Upton Park, but if he’s not then Cottee would like to see the club try and make a move for talented young coach Eddie Howe of Bournemouth.
“If you’re going to go for a British manager then the choice is Eddie Howe, but is he going to leave Bournemouth? I don’t think so,” said Cottee.
Howe has done a fantastic job with the Cherries in the Championship, where they are in the mix to go up automatically into the Premier League and also to win the division.
However, if he finishes the job with his current employers, it’s debatable whether he would them jump ship for another team before he’d had the chance to see if he could make Bournemouth competitive on the top flight.
In terms of tactics and his basic style as a coach, Howe ticks all of the right boxes that West Ham would more than likely be looking for in a new manager.
The problem is that he has no reason to leave the Cherries because he would be well supported financially to improve the squad over the course of the summer looking ahead to next season.
If West Ham don’t renew Allardyce’s contract and want to keep things British, they’re probably best off looking elsewhere for a new boss.