Southampton eye Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe

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Ronald Koeman is yet to officially be named as Everton boss, but Southampton have already started thinking about his replacement. 

Koeman has been in talks with the Toffees for several days about taking over from Roberto Martinez and the Dutchman is clearly intent on leaving St Mary's despite a promising season that saw them come 6th in the Premier League. 

Southampton will surely be disappointed to lose yet another top manager, just two years after Mauricio Pochettino walked out on them to join Spurs in similar circumstances. 


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However, they could be set to nab a manager off another Premier League club themselves, as The Telegraph report they are interested in Bournemouth's Eddie Howe. 

Howe has made a name for himself by not only guiding the Cherries to the top flight but keeping them there. 

Blow for Bournemouth 

He may be just 38 years old, but he has already forged a reputation for getting the best out of players and it would be a devastating blow to Bournemouth's survival hopes next season if he left. 

Should he choose to stay on the other side of the South Coast, though, Southampton are also considering Sevilla boss Unai Emery, according to the same report. 

The Spaniard might take a little more convincing as he has just guided his side to yet another Europa League trophy and will be looking forward to a Champions League campaign next season. 

Howe's aspirations 

Some have accused Koeman of making a sideways or even backwards move in going to Everton, who finished five places lower than Southampton, even if they are a bigger club historically. 

Howe might be tempted by the added security of Southampton, as they are unlikely to be involved in a relegation scrap next season barring a major reversal in fortunes. 

Whether he is of Koeman's calibre, however, and can forge a successful European campaign with the Saints will have to be tested.

Is Eddie Howe the man for Southampton? Have your say in the comments. 

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