Jamie Redknapp claims Eddie Howe is as good as any manager in the Premier League and deserves a job with a ‘Top Six’ side.
The Bournemouth boss has guided the Cherries from League One to the Champions League spots in just under a decade.
Although the club have, at times, flirted with relegation, it is testament to the Englishman’s ability that the South coast club have thrived since arriving in the Premier League in 2015.
And Redknapp, who started his career with Bournemouth before spells at Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur, believes the 40-year-old deserves more recognition for the fantastic job he has done.
“I’m still amazed he has not been snapped up by a top six club, I really am,” Redknapp said on talkSPORT Drivetime.
“He could manage any of the top six. It’s just I think; the way of the world now we sometimes look down our noses at certain managers and, the fact that Gareth Southgate is doing so well.
“The job that Eddie Howe has done at Bournemouth is out of this world. The way that he improves his players, the amount of times they come back from the jaws of defeat, the amount of time they run further than the other team, the way they pass the ball, the philosophy of the way they play.
“I can’t believe he has not been given an opportunity.”
When Manchester United sacked Ron Atkinson in 1986, they decided to take a punt on a Scot by the name of Alex Ferguson who was making waves with Aberdeen on the domestic front and in Europe.
Beating the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool for his services was seen as a huge coup for the Red Devils, who went on to enjoy untold successes at Old Trafford.
While Redknapp was keen to not compare the two, he certainly identified similarities in the ascent taken by both managers to get to the top of world football.
And the former England international predicted Howe will eventually reach the top.
He continued: “You look, many years ago as an example, at Alex Ferguson was taken from Aberdeen to Man United and the rest is history.
“There’s no reason why this guy couldn’t do something very special – he’s a unique manager.
“I’m sure Bournemouth are delighted to keep him and he’s very happy down there.
“But he is as good as anybody; there is no two ways about it. He’s right up there with the top managers in my opinion, look at the job he has done at that club.”