X

Tuesday 10
December

Bournemouth

Is Howe better working at a ‘smaller’ club?

2nd December 2019, 16:13 by Neil Foster

Eddie Howe has been linked with a move to Arsenal but it might just be that the Bournemouth boss is suited to a ‘smaller’ club.

Unai Emery’s dismissal from Emirates Stadium last week has seen a number of managers – both out of work and currently employed – mentioned as his possible successor, and Howe was one of the first names on the list.

The 42-year-old is one of the longest-serving bosses in the English game and has kept the Cherries in the top flight since their promotion at the end of the 2014-2015 season.

There is barely a bad word said against the Amersham-born tactician, who enjoyed a two-year stint at the Vitality Stadium before leaving for a 21-month spell as Burnley boss between January 2011 and October 2012.

He returned immediately after leaving the Clarets and the rest is history, with Bournemouth enjoying four solid top-flight campaigns, and his work on the south coast has not gone unnoticed.

Howe’s name is usually mentioned when a job becomes vacant but he has always remained loyal to his present employers and already played down links to the Gunners.

However, Crystal Palace’s veteran boss Roy Hodgson feels the man who will be in the opposition dugout on Tuesday night when the Eagles welcome Howe’s men to Selhurst Park could easily take over in north London.

“Absolutely. I think his record is really very good,” he said. “What he has done at Bournemouth is quite exceptional.”

But Hodgson himself is a prime example of someone who has thrived at smaller clubs but struggled during an ill-fated six months at the Liverpool helm.

It seems as though some managers are more suited to working with emerging players and those they can help to develop rather than in the spotlight of a European giant with expensive recruits in every position.

 

That is not to say that Bournemouth’s top man does not have the talent or ability to manage a club the size of Arsenal or Everton but his attributes as a coach might be more suited to the confines of the Vitality.

Howe seems a loyal man and, while most managers are ambitious, it may be that he sees the Bournemouth project as far from finished.

Many managers trot out the line that they have “taken the club as far as they can” when handing in their resignation, only to be unveiled at a new venue a few days later.

It remains to be seen what happens in the rest of Howe’s career and nobody at Bournemouth would deny him a move away –  but that could be a few years yet.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Neil Foster is an experienced journalist who specialises in cricket and rugby union. Neil also has a solid knowledge of tennis, golf and football.

More Bournemouth

Bournemouth

Begovic reveals intent to stay in Azerbaijan

10th December 2019, 16:01

Asmir Begovic says he has enjoyed his time on loan at Qarabag and is hopeful a deal can be reached with Bournemouth about extending his time in Baku.

Bournemouth

Brooks undergoes second operation

10th December 2019, 12:21

Bournemouth winger David Brooks has undergone a second round of surgery on his ankle and will miss a further three months.

Bournemouth

Has Bournemouth’s bubble already burst?

9th December 2019, 16:18

Bournemouth are a team in free fall right now and they look to be in massive danger of getting relegated from the Premier League this season.

Bournemouth

Bournemouth 0-3 Liverpool

7th December 2019, 17:24

Liverpool extended their unbeaten run to 33 Premier League matches with a routine 3-0 victory at free-falling Bournemouth.

Bournemouth

Bournemouth v Liverpool Team News

6th December 2019, 14:35

Adam Smith has joined a growing injury list at Bournemouth as they prepare to welcome Premier League leaders Liverpool to the Vitality Stadium on Saturday.

Bournemouth

Francis issues Cherries relegation warning

5th December 2019, 16:44

Bournemouth captain Simon Francis has warned his team-mates that they need to start thinking about relegation after their poor run.

Recent Sport Headlines

Golf

Reed backed to shake off cheating scandal

10th December 2019, 18:23

US skipper Tiger Woods says Patrick Reed's performance at the Presidents Cup won't be affected by the ongoing scandal surrounding him.

Rugby Union

Dowson - Mallinder return has lifted Saints

10th December 2019, 18:08

Northampton forwards coach Phil Dowson admits it is "great" to see Harry Mallinder back in training.

Tennis

Sharapova moving on from Olympic ambitions

10th December 2019, 18:05

Maria Sharapova has seemingly ended her dreams of competing at the 2020 Olympic Games by committing to another tournament in July.

Manchester City

Is Guardiola right to be weighing up City future?

10th December 2019, 18:04

Pep Guardiola has taken Manchester City to new heights but worryingly rumours regarding a departure at the end of the season refuse to go away.

Rugby League

Mellor targets Rhinos impact

10th December 2019, 17:50

Leeds new boy Alex Mellor says he is not intimidated by the level of competition at Headingley.

Watford

Pearson to work on positives

10th December 2019, 17:34

Nigel Pearson says there are plenty of positives for him to work on as he looks to guide Watford away from the foot of the Premier League.

Burnley

Sought-after McNeil leading by example

10th December 2019, 17:08

Burnley boss Sean Dyche says other players could do worse than follow the example set by Dwight McNeil amid renewed speculation over the winger's future.

Chelsea

Tomori closing in on new Chelsea deal

10th December 2019, 17:08

Reports claim academy product Fikayo Tomori is in advanced talks with Chelsea over a contract extension.