AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has reiterated the need for the Cherries to keep their expectations realistic.
AFC Bournemouth are set to go into a double header of home games at Dean Court, the first fixture sees Watford as the visitors, whilst Crystal Palace then head to the south coast on Tuesday 31st January.
Watford have lost their last five games away from home, whilst Crystal Palace are without a win in 8 games away from Selhurst Park.
Meanwhile the Cherries have lost just once in their last four games at Dean Court.
However recent defeats to League One side Millwall in the FA Cup, followed by a disappointing defeat to Hull City have seen some sections of the Cherries support frustrated.
Howe told the Daily Echo…
“I think if you are a neutral and looking at AFC Bournemouth`s season, you would probably say it has been a great season so far.
“When you are living it every day and you are suffering defeats, it doesn`t feel that way.
“Being realistic with our expectations and what we can achieve has always been important. But I do believe with the players we have, we can do good things this season.”
Worried about Eddie
Like many supporters I never thought I would see Bournemouth playing in the Premier League. I have enjoyed the ride, well most of it. However, I do have some concerns.
I think a lot of managers experience a period when they don`t know how to resolve a problem, make wrong decisions and fail to motivate their squad. This normally leads to the manager being sacked. I`m not saying all these things are happening to Eddie, but something seems to be wrong within the club. I DON`T want Eddie sacked and don`t think he will be sacked, but could he be tempted but another club, such as if Saints sack their manager, as they have a larger stadium, a great youth set up etc? Also, Arsene Wenger appears to be going to sign a new 2 year contract.
Is it a good to employ your ‘mates`? Do the people around him have the skills to support him? I`m not talking about JT, but others in his team. In the past fans have shared criticism of our goal keeping coach and questioning our transfer policy. Are the back-room team giving him the right advice?
Is Eddie becoming disillusioned with the chairman and directors? Are their financial problems, despite the millions of pounds coming into the club? Does he feel the club have dilly-dallied over decisions for a new stadium?
Are we going to get new players in during the transfer window? I hope so, but I`m not convinced.
Is there complacency around the club? Is Eddie too loyal to players?
Jeff Mostyn appears to have been muzzled. I`m not saying this is a good or bad, but he was out there supporting Eddie.
I don`t know the answers, but I am concerned. – Join the conversation here.
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