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Howe, Are We Fixed?

Howe, Are We Fixed?

Bournemouth manager, Eddie Howe has for sometime been assumed to be on Burnley`s short-list to replace recently sacked manager, Brian Laws with other clubs also interested in his services.

Howe is understood to have had interviews with both Crystal Palace and Charlton Athletic for their managerial vacancies and turned both offers down in order to stay at Dean .

Only a few days ago he said:

'I came close to leaving the club; I`m not going to lie. It was a tough decision,

'But it had dragged on long enough and we wanted an end to it. Now there is we can concentrate on the football, which is all that matters.'

It was also reported that Howe had received an improved package to stay at Dean Court

That seemed to be the end of the matter and although it was not clear what the situation was regarding the Clarets interest in him, most fans assumed he would not be coming.

However speculation grew yesterday that in fact Burnley still wanted to pursue their interest and had contacted Bournemouth requesting official permission to speak to him about the vacancy. Cherries chairman, Eddie Mitchell has since confirmed that the Clarets have indeed made an official approach for the Bournemouth boss.

It would appear however that the potential deal is far from certain. The issue of compensation could prove a sticking point and it is understood both clubs are currently in discussion before an interview at Turf Moor takes place with Howe. Providing this could be agreed, Mitchell has stated he would not block Howe from speaking to Burnley. The highly-rated 33-year-old manager is only six months into an extended three-year deal at Dean Court so compensation could be considerable.

It is thought if Howe does become the Clarets new manager he would bring his assistant, Jason Tindall with him to Turf Moor.

Some media reports suggest Howe could be named as our new manager by close of business today (Friday 14th January) although the reality is more likely summed up by Brian Kilby`s recent statement on the club`s official website:

'Burnley Football Club is still in discussions with several parties with regard to the managerial vacancy at Turf Moor.

'Talks are ongoing, and as a result I have informed caretaker manager Stuart Gray that he remains in full charge of first-team affairs for Saturday`s game against Queens Park Rangers.'

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Date:Friday January 14 2011
Time: 7:30AM


Vital Bournemouth reporting that AFC Bournemouth have reportedly agreed a compensation figure with Burnley
14/01/2011 07:58:00
OK so as of Friday morning this looks like it is a done deal now. Hey, ho...
Mike Mada
14/01/2011 08:11:00
Lets hope the fans give him time to sort the squad out and get the players he wants, this sort of appointment should have been done 12 months ago. That if the deal go's through.
14/01/2011 09:25:00
But Mike, isn't the lesson that we learned from Judas's departure (given the talk about Brendan Flood's text message this time last year) that, if you don't agree the compensation before you give permission to talk, you are putting any kind of compensation at risk? If so, the only thing that agreement on compensation means is that you have rehearsed what will happen IF you decide to offer the job after talking, and IF the offer is accepted. I suspect that, when he does eventually get as far as an interview, Howe will either come across as a very good prospect, or quite the reverse. I don't know. I have never talked with him and, as far as we know at this point, neither have our Board. Quite how a large chunk of Claret fans seem to have gone about deciding that Howe's quite so obviously such a hot prospect, I don't know either. Maybe he is; maybe he isn't. The Board will find out for us.
Couch Potato
14/01/2011 09:31:00
Agree with CP and if he is appointed then only time will tell whether he was the correct choice for the Clarets. Whoever is appointed we need to give our full support.
14/01/2011 10:00:00
Also agree with CP. Howe does sound like an interesting prospect but is nonetheless unproven in the higher divisions. If the board appoint him after sussing him out, then that'll be good enough for me. If the bloke is a good man-manager and motivator , then he'll do the business with this squad .
14/01/2011 11:21:00
Strong rumour that a deal has been done for Chris Eagles to be sold to Everton for £4m today. Piennar has been sold to Chelsea.
Eyresy's Left Peg
14/01/2011 11:47:00
This in local Dorset Echo,looks like a done deal.EDDIE Howe has today agreed terms with Burnley to become the Lancashire club’s new manager, the Echo understands. It is believed Cherries chairman Eddie Mitchell agreed compensation with the Championship outfit yesterday paving the way for Howe to hold talks with the Turf Moor club. Howe is set to take charge of Cherries for the final time tonight at Colchester United – his 100th game in charge of the Dorset club. The 33-year-old is likely to be unveiled as the Clarets new boss this weekend.
14/01/2011 12:24:00
While an intriguing appointment - I think it is unfair to have the expectation that he'll get us promoted this season or next. With so much private investment seemingly being offered to other clubs and three more parachutists joining us next season, we will no longer be among the favourites for promotion. Still an exciting appointment and one which should ensure we play attractive football. I hope the fans show genuine support and more patience than they showed with Laws.
14/01/2011 12:35:00
Thanks for that turfman. If indeed they have got the scoop on this, I must start reading the Dorset Echo more often.
Couch Potato
14/01/2011 12:38:00
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