AFC Bournemouth’s Eddie Howe linked with Chelsea

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AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe is reported to be on the list to become Chelsea’s next permanent manager.

According to The Telegraph, Howe makes up a potential candidate to replace Chelsea’s interim manager Guus Hiddink.

Although the 39-year-old does not hold any previous connections with Chelsea, he reportedly has ‘drawn admirers within the corridors of power at Chelsea’s Cobham training base for his work with Bournemouth.’

The Telegraph believes that Howe is certainly under consideration, even though handing the top job to a English trainer with only 12 months of Premier League experience may be a step too far for the Blues’ boss Roman Abramovich. The last English Boss at Chelsea was Glenn Hoddle, who managed the team from 1993 till 1996.

The newspaper writes that Atletico Madrid Manager Diego Simeone and Juventus’ coach Massimilliano Allegri remain top candidates for the permanent position at the club, which currently sits at the 13th plce in the Premiership. Chelsea also has Leicester City’s Claudio Ranieri and Stoke City’s Mark Hughes alongside Howe on a contingency list ‘in case the club cannot land a stellar name before the summer.’

Chelsea strives to make sure that Hiddink’s successor will be the right man and will not turn the reigning champions down. Former Netherlands manager Hiddink stepped in for his second stint as interim after former coach Jose Mourinho was fired. He will be the team’s caretaker until the end of this season.

AFC Bournemouth shareholder Matt Hulsizer said in an interview with the Cherries’ website that he sees Howe as the brightest Manager in the Premier League.

The Cherries currently hold the 16th place in the Premier League after they played a 1-1 draw with a goal from new signed player Benike Afobe against Sunderland. They will be visiting Portsmouth this Saturday at 15:00 in the 4th round of the FA Cup.