AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe believes he has done an ‘okay’ job in rewarding the Cherries owners for their trust in how he runs the club.
During Howe’s first stint as AFC Bournemouth manager between 2008 and 2011, the Cherries avoided relegation to the fifth tier of English football despite a seventeen point deduction at the start of the 2008/09 League Two campaign.
The following season with a 16 month transfer embargo and often only able to field three substitutes including teenagers and previously retired assistant manager Jason Tindall, Howe won promotion to the third tier of English football.
Following 21 months at Burnley, Howe returned to Dean Court with the Cherries in the relegation zone in League One to work under AFC Bournemouth majority shareholder Maxim Demin.
Within six months they were promoted to the Championship.
In AFC Bournemouth’s second season in the second tier, AFC Bournemouth won the Football League Championship and promotion to the Premier League.
The 2016/17 season will see the Cherries successfully remain in the top flight of English football for a second season.
Howe told the Daily Echo…
“Since I returned to the football club, my dealings and communication with them (Demin and American private equity firm Peak 6 Investments) have been very good.
“I have been made to feel very content that I can lead the club in the way that I see without any interference and I think that is the biggest compliment I can give them – they have trusted me to do the job.
“Hopefully, in return, we have done okay for them and I hope the relationship continues to be as successful as it has.”
Winsor Cherry wrote…
Which past or present Premier League Manager would you want least?
If/when Eddie goes to pastures new, who would be the biggest disappointment to take over at AFCB?
Would be easy to say Paul Groves but I am thinking realistically i.e. someone with Premier League experience.
I always thought Steve McClaren stood out on his own but I now must include Mark Hughes.
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