Howe left his role as Cherries boss by mutual consent over the weekend, much to the surprise of those involved with the club.
The 42-year-old leaves the Vitality Stadium after more than a decade at helm, a stint which has seen him take the club on a remarkable journey from League Two relegation candidates to a top half Premier League finish.
With the Cherries’ 5-year top flight odyssey coming to an end last month, Howe feels the time is right for a fresh face to take charge on the South Coast.
However, it is understood that the club are keen to maintain Howe’s style of play despite his departure, meaning an internal appointment is a distinct possibility.
The obvious name is Jason Tindall, Howe’s assistant for several years at Bournemouth – reports suggest he is in the frame to take the reigns.
If the Cherries are looking for an external appointment though, former Wigan boss Paul Cook – who left the Latics last week – is a snug fit in terms of footballing philosophy.
Furthermore, Cook has links to the South Coast having been the manager of Portsmouth between 2015 and 2017.