Report: Eddie Howe tops Everton’s wish-list as potential Martinez replacement

Everton boss Roberto Martinez has come in for criticism this season.

According to The Sun, Everton have pinpointed Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe as their number one target should they decide to replace Roberto Martinez this summer.

The report claims that the Cherries boss has won over a number of keen observers at Goodison Park this season after guiding the his side away from the relegation zone in impressive fashion.

Everton have had a poor campaign this term, and their latest disappointment has come in the FA Cup semi-final where a last-gasp Anthony Martial goal condemned them to a 2-1 defeat to Manchester United.

Many felt the FA Cup was Martinez’s last chance at saving his job after increased pressure from the club’s supporters, and their unlucky defeat seemingly sums up their season as a whole.

In truth, Everton have declined under the former Wigan boss despite now possessing their best squad in years, and defensively they have become so error-strewn and unreliable.

While Bournemouth haven’t exactly shown great defensive qualities themselves this season, Howe has Bournemouth playing a wonderful brand of football off a relatively tiny budget in comparison.

The 38-year-old is widely regarded as one of the brightest young managers in the English leagues, and his success at Dean Court has seemingly claimed a lot of admirers on Merseyside.

The report goes on to say that Marcelo Bielsa remains a potential option for Everton, yet for now attentions have turned towards Howe as they look set to make a big decision on Martinez’s future.

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