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Howe Will You Decide,Eddie? (and When!)

Bournemouth manager, Eddir Howe appears to be one of the names on the Clarets shortlist of new potential managers and depending on which paper you read he has either already had an interview for the position or will soon have one.

The media last week though and over the weekend first suggested he would become the new Crystal Palace manager after the sacking of George Burley before deciding instead he was off to manage League 1 side,Charlton Athletic as replacement for the recently sacked Phil Parkinson.

So it would appear Howe has four options to further his career. Either stay put at Bournemouth and hope he can get the club promoted to the Championship (they are currently in 2nd place in the League 1 table) or decide to move to one of three clubs.

If he opts for the latter, then surely Burnley must be the more attractive proposition.

Would you not prefer to manage a Championship club with a chance of promotion to the top flight rather than one in a relegation battle?

If you were ambitious would it not make more sense to manage a Championship club than one in League 1 even if both Charlton (currently 5th) and Bournemouth were in with a chance of promotion?

Howe told the Bees Official Website recently:

'I have a very, very difficult decision to make. This club, the supporters, the players, means so much to me. I have a decision to make over the next few days. One I now I have to make. It's definitely not going to be easy and I want to be honest with people. I have a battle with myself and to come to a decision that is right for everybody.

The supporters today were absolutely magnificent for me and for the players. I can't thank them enough for everything they have done for me. That doesn't mean I'm going, it's just a thank you for today. It meant so much to me and to my family who were here. It will be a day, no matter what happens, that will live long in the memory.'

In addition, Howe is reported to have haled a meeting with Bournemouth Chairman,Eddie Mitchell over the weekend and has been offered a 'sweetener' to stay via a pay rise on Monday.

Well Howe's statement was made a few days ago now so we must be close to a decision unless of course he still has to be interviewed by Burnley up north!

According to media reports, the 33-year-old was offered the manager's job at Palace on Friday after impressing owner Steve Parish in talks. Other reports in the local London press though suggested he was more tempted by a move to Charlton. Once again then we appear to be the least favoured!

We can but wait and see!

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday January 11 2011

Time: 7:46AM

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Would you see it as a kick in the teeth if he accepted a move to Palace or Charlton over Burnley? If he did opt for one of them do you think it will be because we were not interested in him in the first place or he failed the interview with Kilby & Co?
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11/01/2011 07:52:00

It maybe that Burnley is too far to commute if he lives around Bournemouth
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11/01/2011 07:59:00

So he's not a Steve Cotterill then? Guess it depends how much of your social life you are prepared to sacrifice in order to attain your goals. Some are more ambitious than others.
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11/01/2011 08:48:00

I have really warmed to this guy,I would be gutted if he goes somewhere else in place of here, I think he would be awesome at the turf for so many reasons and I will tell you why, forget age.... lots of managers have 20 years experience, what is meant by this generally is they have a years experience and have been doing the same job over and over again for 19 more years, vibrant young players Cork, Jay Rod, Chris E would connect with him, older players like Grezza and Carlisle will help in he dressing room and support him, they will do this naturally cos its human nature, the fans will give him a change and if he gets of to a good start they will back him, Stuart Gray could support with his experience, and just look at his record, he is God like in Bournemouth, his record is gob smacking, I have worked with some massive companies in my time and the most impressive individual was a 28 year old guy who just commanded a room, you just couldn't help but be inspired, ( once you realised the kid in the corner was no kid! ) and it didn't take long for you to realise that. He's used to getting the best from a bunch of players, and not going out spending a ton of cash, now let's be honest, this team is good enough to get promoted, lets hope for Norwich in a play off! what this team needs is not necessarily new face,s but it needs to work like it did under Coyle and we haven't seen that this season I' m telling you Clarets this is our man, I could honestly see him lighting the turf up ! His win record is 48% compared to laws at 38%
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11/01/2011 10:17:00

I acknowledge the wisdom in what hollins is saying, but I would not be upset or surprised if at interview he did not come across as the best candidate. It's good to find out he's 33, rather than 29, if only to illustrate that no-one on here has all the facts. We may also find out that he and/or his family may have a southerner's fairly common worry about moving up north. If that's so, and that shows lack of ambition, then he's not who we want. Cotterill had had a much, much wider geographical experience when he joined us. I have had, and still have, my doubts, but if the Board think Howe's the man and can get him, and he wants it, he has my support, as does anyone else to whom that applies.
Couch Potato
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11/01/2011 10:55:00

I can't see why we wouldn't be interested in him
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11/01/2011 11:23:00

Will Howe have the sort of players we would be wanting to buy on his radar at the moment? What's the biggest contract he's ever negotiated? Given that Bournemouth were under a transfer embargo for much of his reign there, and still don't have much money, the answers will very probably be 'no' and 'very small'. That would probably be why we might not remain interested in him. But we may, if he ticks a good number of the other boxes, and he is happy for the club to play the major role in the buying and selling of players in the initial stages.
Couch Potato
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11/01/2011 14:09:00

There's a thread in this site's forum now saying that Eddie's staying in Bournemouth, which is nothing for us Clarets to get stressed out about... though I dare say some of us will, if only because I am never in the know about what's happening!
Couch Potato
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11/01/2011 14:37:00

This is what Eddie said about it when he said he was staying at Bournemouth: "I don't want to speak about the other clubs that were interested. It meant a great deal to me and those clubs acted in the right way and it was done above board and I wish them all the best." Either Burnley were involved and did it in a good way and didn't disappoint Howe. Or we weren't involved. So, no reasons to hang our heads in shame, beat ourselves up or criticise our Board, that I can see.
Couch Potato
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11/01/2011 16:06:00

Hi Couch P Bud sorry I was referring to the guy I worked with was 29 Not Eddie Howe. Does anyone know who's leading this race now with any of the bookies?
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11/01/2011 16:42:00

Bookies fav at the moment is McInnes.
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11/01/2011 16:52:00

Be down to you soon VR. There's no-one else left to ' express an interest in '.
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11/01/2011 17:56:00

I am afraid I am committed! Should be committed! Will be committed. As much as I thank the board for their interest I have now gained a 100% pay rise for your interest...cynical or what! lol
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11/01/2011 19:12:00

It would appear that Howe is now firmly in the driving seat for a chance at management in the NW. Hollins will be over the moon but are we?
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13/01/2011 08:29:00

As I have said before on various manager posts, I believe Eddie Howe was always a key target for talks form the Board. An inside line was that we were looking at an up and coming manager from the lower divisions. This came very early on in the search for a new manager. Could it be that the flurry of interest from other clubs has been the main cause of complication for us to have direct talks with Howe. If we pull this off I think its hats off to the Board for balls. Hopefully everyone will get behind him.
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13/01/2011 12:54:00

Burnley have appointed Eddie Howe - 13.14 13 Jan 2011
Billy Hamiltons Boot
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13/01/2011 13:17:00

Done deal, I am led to believe. Was my number 1 choice, so am very happy with this one. Well done, BK and BF, and welcome to Burnley, Eddie!
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13/01/2011 20:14:00

Judging by the stuff that has just been removed from his Wikipedia entry there are some disgruntled people around. I would say that if we have landed him we should be pleased. Lets move on. No more of the cr*p that we've been copping.
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14/01/2011 00:23:00

Total gamble. Like Susan was of course. With the money we have and the potential, we needed a proven manager who could get us promoted and stay there. Big Sam would have been that man and so we take a risk with Howe do we? Hmmm. This could be the end of the Kilby/Flood experiment.
Mike Mada
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14/01/2011 08:07:00

OK so as of Friday morning this looks like it is a done deal now. Hey, ho... http://www.bournemouth.vitalfootball.co.uk/article.asp?a=228201. Wonder if we'll be selling Eagles to pay for the compensation?
Mike Mada
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14/01/2011 08:11:00


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