Bournemouth next manager odds
Few expected much from a man who had called time on his playing career only a year prior, but Eddie Howe has transformed AFC Bournemouth since taking charge of the club back in 2008.
Then the youngest manager in the English Football League system, aged just 31, Howe guided the club out of the League One relegation zone and ultimately saved them from financial ruin. Eight years and two promotions later, Bournemouth are now flying high in the Premier League, while Howe has earned a reputation as one of the beautiful game’s brightest managerial talents.
With the Arsenal board continuing to stall on offering long-serving coach Arsene Wenger a new contract, with his current deal set to expire at the end of the season, many are tipping Howe to take his place ahead of the next Premier League campaign.
Should he opt to leave, Bournemouth will have the difficult task of finding a replacement on their hands, but who are The Cherries likely to turn to?
There was speculation that Howe would replace Sam Allardyce as England manager after the veteran boss lost his job to a sting operation earlier this year. While the FA opted to look elsewhere, Allardyce and Howe could end up crossing paths after all.
Allardyce would be the easy option for Bournemouth, yet his experience in the top flight cannot be ignored. The Cherries will undoubtedly struggle following Howe’s exit and Allardyce could be just the man to secure their future in the Premier League.
Having embarked on successful spells with Bolton Wanderers, Newcastle United, Blackburn Rovers, West Ham and Sunderland in the top flight, Allardyce has earned himself a reputation as the go-to man for clubs looking to avoid relegation. He would undoubtedly tear apart the attacking mentality that Howe has bestowed upon Bournemouth, but he is the best bet if the club are looking to limit the damage caused by their current man’s exit.
Of course, the Bournemouth hierarchy proved that they are willing to take a risk by hiring Howe back in 2008 and they could opt for a similar approach here.
Jason Tindall has served as the club’s assistant manager throughout Howe’s time in charge and the club’s success in recent years is as much down to him as it to his superior. It would be a risky move, given his lack of managerial experience, but Tindall would guarantee the continuation of Howe’s work. Likewise, as a former Bournemouth player, he is respected in the dressing room and would undoubtedly be a hit with the players, but popularity alone won’t be enough to keep them in the Premier League.
If the club are looking for a Bournemouth man, Harry Redknapp is on the lookout for a new job after ending his Queens Park Rangers tenure back in 2015. Having played over 100 games for the club during in the 1970s and managed them for close to a decade during the 80s and 90s, Redknapp could be interested in a return to his former club.
The well known gaffer would certainly be a boost for the club in the marketing department - he’s a favourite among journalists and provides plenty of quotes that are bound to get people talking. Yet, despite minor successes with the likes of West Ham and Tottenham, his time as Southampton and QPR tarnish his career somewhat.
There are plenty of options for Bournemouth. Yet, finding somebody that can continue the fantastic job that Eddie Howe has done seems like an almost impossible task.