Howe has he done it?

Managed to put it right: Howe has brought stability and fortune to the Cherries this season

By Joshua Hoare

FEW would have backed Bournemouth at the start of the season to go up automatically, considering the financial turmoil the club have and still remain in. In fact they were 18/1 with some bookmakers to go up, let alone automatically (hopefully)

But one man has transformed the south coast club beyond recognition, queue… Eddie Howe. 

Eddie Howe a born and bred Bournemouth supporter has been the epitome of the club’s success this season and having been born in Verwood, just ten miles away from the ground, it appears we as the fans can rest assure, he knows whats best for our club. 

In his playing days: Howe celebrates one of his twelve goals

His career began with the Cherries at the tender age of 14, before signing professionally for a club he would make over 271 appearances for. A promising centre-half, Howe made a number of England under-21 squads, appearing once as a substitute. Few could blame Howe and the club when legendary manager Harry Redknapp came calling. The than Portsmouth boss paid over £400,000 for Howe’s services, yet injuries plagued his time at Fratton Park and Eddie managed just two games before returning to the club and the fans he adored. 

A lot was said when Bournemouth decided to make Eddie Howe their manager in January 2009, but the trust put into the man who was to become the youngest manager in the Football league at the age of 32 has paid off, as his record below speaks volumes.

Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
Bournemouth  England 03 January 2009 Present 71 37 11 23 52.11

Few Cherry fans can forget the fantastic start to the season we had, with eight wins from nine games. The job Howe has done this season is unbelievable, when you consider the club was under a transfer embargo, which prevented them from signing anyone even on-loan, the financial obscurity surrounding the club all season and at times he could only manage two substitutes…! It’s little wonder championship clubs such as Bristol City and Peterborough have been looking at him.

So come Saturday and Burton away when Eddie can make history by becoming the youngest manager to lead a team to promotion and he deserves every inch of praise he recieves for not only his terrific management this season but for his loyalty to a club so close to his heart.

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