Eddie Howe has departed Bournemouth following the south coast club’s relegation from the Premier League.
Following a relegation and a season where he looked increasingly beleaguered, his next move may now look slightly different.
We’ve picked out three clubs he could move to next…
David Moyes guided West Ham clear of relegation, but is he really the man to build lasting success at the London Stadium?
The club’s hierarchy clearly didn’t think he was in 2018, and similar question marks persist over his penchant for negative football and the trajectory of his career now.
Howe proved himself capable of building a side playing attacking football at Bournemouth and that is more likely to excite the Hammers fans than Moyes’ safety-first fare.
Howe was linked with West Ham in late 2019 (Football.London) and it would not be a surprise to see that avenue explored again.
Dean Smith kept Villa in the top flight by the skin of their teeth.
A cynic may examine the impact of Hawkeye’s failure in the very first game back after lockdown, where Villa earned a 0-0 draw against Sheffield United before going on to survive by a point.
For much of the season, Dean Smith’s Villa looked bereft of an identity; too porous at the back and too reliant on Jack Grealish in attack.
There remain legitimate questions over whether the boyhood Villa fan can progress the club in the top flight and Stan Collymore has mentioned Howe in the Mirror as a potential new boss.
Palace endured a woeful end to the Premier League season.
There is a feeling that an aging squad with a veteran manager in Roy Hodgson need something to shake them up.
The issue is that there doesn’t seem to be a huge transfer budget, but Howe unearthed bargains such as Callum Wilson in the early part of his reign at the Vitality Stadium.
A major question mark wherever Howe goes next is his transfer record, with more expensive busts such as Jordon Ibe struggling at Bournemouth in recent years, but he should remain appealing to all three clubs mentioned here.