AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has been linked to a number of top clubs since winning promotion to the Premier League with the Cherries.
Over the past twelve months he has been linked with at the time Premier League champions Chelsea, local neighbours Southampton, the England job and most recently Arsenal.
The Daily Star reported ‘Arsenal have earmarked Eddie Howe as a potential successor to Arsene Wenger.
The report added…
‘Howe`s attractive brand of football and adventurous approach is being seen as a perfect fit in the corridors of power at the Emirates Stadium, with Wenger also a fan of his.
AFC Bournemouth captain Simon Francis has confessed that whilst it may well have seen Howe depart Dean Court, he would have been delighted if Howe had been given a role by the Football Association, but also admitted that the rumours are a compliment to how well Eddie Howe and the Cherries have performed since stepping up to the top tier of English football.
Speaking to talkSPORT, Francis said…
“I wasn`t nervous, You would have to be pleased for someone, who you`ve worked with for four or five years, if they were linked with a job like that. I would have been absolutely delighted for him…’
‘…I think as long as we are doing well as a team he`s always going to be linked with big jobs like that and I`m sure it will happen this season if we`re doing well.
“We just have to try and keep our feet on the ground and hope that he stays because he`s been a huge part of our success.”
The problem with these very high profile jobs is that if you don’t provide real success quite quickly you are shown the door. If Eddie were to stay at AFCB for ten years he could consolidate his success here, perhaps win a trophy or two – perhaps see a new stadium or major redevelopment – and take the club forward to being the ‘Monaco’ of English football. He would still only be 48 and then still plenty of time to play Russian Roulette with Arsenal, England and whoever else may be interested in spinning the barrel. – Join the conversation here.
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