Everton should pull out the stops to make “perfect” Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe their new manager.

That is according to ex-Leeds United and Coventry City striker Noel Whelan, a radio pundit who believes the 41-year-old is the best of the candidates touted to replace Marco Silva.

Everton director of football Marcel Brands offered some public support of Silva last Friday as he presented a united front ahead of a testing run of December fixtures.

But Everton’s 2-1 defeat to Leicester City on Sunday has heaped further pressure on the Portugese and left his job hanging by a thread.

As reported by Football Insider, one of the leading contenders for the post is Howe, who is out of contract at Bournemouth at the end of the season.

“Eddie Howe would be fantastic for Everton,” Whelan told Football Insider. “Whether they could prise him from Bournemouth would be up in the air, but he’s not renewed his contract yet, which suggests he’s keeping his options open.

“He has been at Bournemouth now a long time and he’s in danger of getting pigeonholed.

“He’s perfect for a club like Everton, who need a manager proven in the Premier League but young, hungry and ambitious.

“Eddie Howe improves Bournemouth every season by coaching. He knows how to develop players and build a team, something Everton are crying out for.

“It would be a fantastic move for Everton and Howe. Jobs like these don’t come along that often.”

Everton’s eight league defeat of the season has left them just two points and one place above the relegation zone despite another huge summer transfer spend.

The Merseysiders are preparing for Wednesday’s Premier League clash against Liverpool during a tough run which includes the visit of Chelsea, a trip to Manchester United and then Leicester in the League Cup before they host Arsenal.

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