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!