Simon Jordan sees no reason why former Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe is the right man to replace Carlo Ancelotti at Premier League underachievers Everton, speaking to talkSPORT (2 June, 10am).
Less than 24 hours after Ancelotti turned his back on the Toffees, the lure of Real Madrid proving impossible to resist, Everton have already been linked with a host of potential replacements.
The Athletic reports serial trophy-winners such as Vitor Pereira, Paulo Fonseca, Erik ten Hag and even Rafa Benitez are on Farhad Moshiri’s initial wish-list, with former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard in contention too after dragging Rangers back to the summit of Scottish football.
So while Eddie Howe would arrive with a reputation for playing exciting, forward-thinking football as well as developing talented youngsters such as Richarlison, Ben Godfrey and Dominic Calvert-Lewin, former Crystal Palace chairman Jordan can’t understand why Everton would hand the reins to a man who was suffering relegation with Bournemouth this time last year.
After all, it’s not as though there’s a shortage of candidates.
Jordan: Howe CV not good enough for Everton
“On what basis (is Howe the right man?” Jordan asks, comparing Everton to a Leicester City side that has gone from strength to strength since handing the reins in 2018 to a two-time Scottish league champion.
“Leicester are a club who have gone and got Brendan Rodgers. They wanted to make sure they continued their progress.
“With respect to Eddie Howe, what’s on his CV is that relegation with Bournemouth. Is that what Everton are looking for? Sorry!”
Ancelotti would never ‘have delivered’ for Everton fans
Ancelotti’s sudden departure has left Everton in the lurch.
But Jordan feels the Merseyside giants may actually have got a lucky escape, insisting the former Bayern Munich and PSG boss would never have lived up to lofty expectations at Goodison Park following last season’s disappointing tenth-place finish.
“I don’t think Ancelotti would ever have got the Everton fans what they thought was on the ticket. I don’t think he ever would have delivered for them.”