Silva’s position is under severe threat after Saturday’s miserable 2-0 defeat at home to Norwich, with Sky Sports earlier reporting that the club’s hierarchy are considering making a change before Sunday’s trip to Leicester.
Former manager David Moyes is also believed to be under consideration, six years after he left the club for Manchester United.
The prospect of Moyes’ return has received a distinctly mixed reaction from the fans, who feel it would be a backward step, even on a temporary basis until the end of the season.
In truth, there is no name currently linked with the job that has received near universal approval from the fans.
That includes Howe, who was previously linked with the job following Ronald Koeman’s dismissal two years ago.
He has done a fine job at Bournemouth, taking them from the bottom of the Football League to mid-table in the Premier League, but Everton, especially in their current state, would represent a significant step-up.
Sandwiched in-between was an 18-month spell at Burnley, with Howe saying personal reasons were behind his decision to quit the club and return to the south coast in October 2012.
Farhad Moshiri must be wary of botching yet another managerial change after what happened with Koeman’s departure and Sam Allardyce’s arrival a month later in late 2017.
He also knows that this next appointment is vital after going through three permanent managers in as many years since his arrival in February 2016.
Rafael Benitez, Mark Hughes and Mikel Arteta have also been mentioned as possible candidates.