Eddie Howe is likely to stay with Bournemouth until the end of this season despite interest from other Premier League sides.
West Ham and Everton could both move for Howe but he would prefer to join them next summer, according to The Telegraph. Howe has given Bournemouth his word that he will not desert them mid-season and the south coast club trust him on that.
Howe is reportedly high on West Ham’s wishlist if Pellegrini departs. The 42-year-old is supposedly keen on taking the job. But he will probably delay this until summer 2020.
How to get Howe
If West Ham want Howe to take the club forward for the long-term future, then they need to devise a plan. It appears that he will not be available if West Ham come knocking now.
There are two options for the Hammers if Pellegrini departs. The first possibility is to forget about Howe completely and look for another manager. The Irons have been linked with a host of names and Howe is just one of those.
Alternatively, West Ham could devise a plan to bring in Howe next summer. This would involve appointing a short-term manager to replace Pellegrini until the end of the season. This manager would have to know the deal in advance and they would be tasked with keeping West Ham in the Premier League.
Enzo Maresca – one of West Ham’s assistant coaches – is a potential option for a caretaker manager, according to The Guardian. The Italian, 39, was the brains behind the Chelsea win and he is popular with the team-mates.
Another option is Dmitri Halajko, who is working wonders with the U23 team. West Ham could also look at external candidates to do a job similar to what David Moyes did in the 2017/18 season.