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Howe's That, Eddie?

The highly-rated Bournemouth gaffer, Eddie Howe is now odds-on favourite to get the Burnley job with a number of bookmakers. He has odds of 8-15 with bookmaker Victor Chandler and 1-2 with Skybet to succeed Brian Laws, who was sacked by Burnley yesterday.

What do Clarets fans know about him though?

It is thought he is in the same mould as Owen Coyle wanting to play attractive, attacking footbal which could be a bonus providing he doesn't get above his station.

Howe is six months into a three-year contract with the Cherries.

Bournemouth chairman Eddie Mitchell last night though told the local Dorest Echo that the club had received no approaches for their manager.

Howe also told the local paper that as far as he was concerned it was business as usual.

Asked if the speculation was a distraction or flattering, Howe said:

"It`s neither really. I take it with a pinch of salt until told differently."

During his playing days, Eddie Howe had three spells at Bournemouth. Howe began his professional career for the Cherries in 1994 after signing from local football team Parley Sports. He was a defender and in 1998 played a couple of times for the England Under 21 side.

In March 2002, Portsmouth signed Howe for 400,000, making him new manager Harry Redknapp's first signing. A knee injury though blighted his progress at Fratton Park and he was out for eighteen months before making a return in January 2004.

He was then loaned out to Swindon Town on transfer deadline day in March 2004 but failed to make one single appearance before returning to Fratton Park.

Howe then returned back to Bournemouth initially on loan for the first three months of the 2004-05 season.

It was a successful return and in November 2004 Bournemouth re-signed him permanently on a free transfer.

Just 29, Howe was promoted to the position of player-coach by manager Kevin Bond in December 2006 and was put in charge of the Cherries second-string. He was however still a first-team player and didn't retire until the summer of 2007 when a knee injury put paid to his playing career.

Bond was sacked as Cherries manager in September 2008 and Howe paid the price too.

However he returned as a youth coach under Jimmy Quinn and took over as caretaker manager when Quinn was sacked on the last day of December 2008

He was made the permanent manager of the club in January 2009 and brought the club out of the relegation zone despite a 17 point deficit.

At the start of the 2009-10 season, Howe set up a club record winning eight out of the first nine games.

Clubs were taking note and Peterborough, then in the Championship approached Howe following the sacking of Darren Ferguson but he rejected their offer.

Bournemouth, despite working under a transfer embargo were promoted to League One after two years in the bottom tier. Eddie Howe had made his name and was now well-respected and a target for a number of clubs.

Burnley could do far worse than appointing this up-and-coming manager although maybe a higher-profile name with proven ability at Championship and Premier League level could be a better approach. We shall have to wait and see.

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday December 30 2010

Time: 12:40PM

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Do we go for up-and-coming a la Coyle unproven at Championship level or go for experience? Would certainly be willing to give Howe a go. Could appeal to the club if finance is an issue but I hope they focus more on the chances of promotion rather than accountants reports! Had enough of them!!
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30/12/2010 12:44:00

Have a mate who is a big Cherries fan and I know he would be disappointed to see Howe leave. Can see him moving on from Dean Court at some stage but not to join us.
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30/12/2010 13:06:00

Compensation could be an issue again compared to out-of-work Phil Brown but surely we have to pay for the man we want if we believe in him. Do we really want to lose another Sean O'Driscoll for second best?
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30/12/2010 13:14:00

Howe much would the compensation be? Probably not much considering how skint they have been at Dean Court. But is Grezza really going to do what he's told by someone ten years younger?
Couch Potato
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30/12/2010 13:19:00

Could be a good appointment, but we won't know until he's in place and performing. Someone like Hughton on the other hand, already has experience of taking the championship by storm and then doing well in the premiership. Grezza could be going to Deepdale CP, if the press reports have any truth in them.
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30/12/2010 13:25:00

Jesus are we still going on about compensation if we have to pay for the right man then so be it, hope we have more ambition than Phil Brown.
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30/12/2010 14:16:00

I'd like Howe - young, talented, enthusiastic. Who cares what Grezza wants, he should retire soon anyway. I'm not keen on Hughton - sounds like another Laws to me - nice guy but not that energetic a manager. Okay he did well with Newcastle but they had a huge squad and fantastic facilities. I would like to see him manage a small club first. Allardyce won't go to Burnley, despite the reports, he will want a Premier League job.
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30/12/2010 14:21:00

Could they be tempted by Scottish talent again? Derek McInnes ,Steven Pressley, John Hughes? Interesting thread in forum from newbie,McClaret called 'Look North'. Some good debate there
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30/12/2010 16:52:00

I like the sound of John Hughes, I know people say that apart from SPL scottish football it is akin to pub football, but he has done lots of upward things and I am sure he would appeal to our money concious Board. Sorry ozjean does not fancy Chris Hughton, I reckon he could do the job, he had a good grounding at Spurs and did a super job on a tight budget at Newcastle, but I reckon he could be a tad expensive.
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30/12/2010 17:40:00

I don't fancy Howe, I don't think he's got enough experience yet. Look at Darren Ferguson, brilliant at posh but he wasn't great at PNE. I think he needs a few more years at lower league personally. Wasn't Cotterill bournemouth manager before he came to us? I don't fancy Hughton either, good coach but he did have probably the best squad the championship has ever seen. I could've got that team up. CC Tight Budget!!!!!!! They had a premier league side on premier league wages!!! True he didn't but alot but he didn't need to the squad was brilliant for the championship. One player was in the starting 11 for Argentina at the world cup for gods sake!!!
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30/12/2010 19:33:00

Take your points on Howe Skutter but as we did with Coyle , you can reap the rewards with taking a chance as it does'nt always turn out as it did with Fergie jr at PNE , if another club takes that chance , we may well miss out on a possible quality manager , i'd have no complaints if we went for Howe! Regards Houghton , he did inherit a quality squad but many a manager has without being successful , he went straight into a high profile , pressured job (Which Newcastle always will be) and handled it , was successfull with some style and on his his first magerial crack in the prem , tubbed Sunderland and Villa whilst winning at Arsenal , not a bad CV & harshly sacked in my opinion ! But he wont be coming here or going anywhere untill he gets his compo sorted at Newcastle !
Bernie lee
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30/12/2010 22:00:00

Howe would be a risk I would be willing to take if we cant get anybody experienced with a record of getting a club promoted from the Champioship and keeping them up for at least a season
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30/12/2010 22:56:00

If we're going for the unproven, as we did with Coyle, then I think I'd prefer John Hughes or Derek McInnes. Regarding Hughton, quality squad or not, they came down demoralised and he rose from the ashes to take them straight back up. Not an easy task in the championship as we all know. I'd love to see him come here.
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30/12/2010 23:37:00

Would start worrying if Howe is that much like Coyle. No integrity and less loyalty. Not heard about this guy. Prepared to give him a chance if the board appointed him though. Still prefer Hughton
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31/12/2010 00:05:00

Sheffield Wednesday had premier players on premier wages and look where they went. I still reckon Hughton has the necessary Skutter but reckon we will never know either way. Brown, Howe or O'Driscoll in that order is my guess.
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31/12/2010 09:08:00

I reckon you'd know in less than 10 minutes of an interview, with some players present, if Howe yet has what it takes to take what would be a very big step up. My guess would be not, but I always strive to keep an open mind.
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