Written by fritter
I’ve been thinking about this since the weekend. Takes some time to order thoughts. There are some things I can’t make sense of.
I’m sure there is more to all this than meets the eye. If Eddie Howe had decided to go if we went down then I reckon he would have told the players after the Everton game and announced it that day or the next.
If he was undecided, what did he need to know that would help him make his mind up one way or the other?
Either he was keen to stay and the board weren’t or he wanted certain guarantees and didn’t get them. I can’t believe that there wasn’t some conversation between him and the board before last week. If so the board have been very remiss.
It is odd that he seemed not to confide in anyone at the club, they all seemed to be genuinely shocked. Also, it was surprising that Kris Temple was so shocked.
It also seems odd that there has been no succession planning from within, apparently.
Something happened that Eddie didn’t anticipate.
I know that there have been a number of threads and this is one more.
But there’s something that doesn’t fit.
Last time I felt like this was not long after Max took over. I was trying to figure out why he would buy the club and the (entirely implausible) conclusion was that he was aiming for the premier league. That seemed impossible at the time, but it was the only reason that made sense.
So, thank you for your indulgence. I will remain both puzzled and open-minded for the foreseeable.
Should Howe have stayed?
I don’t think we can underestimate the impact of lockdown and the extra time he got to spend with his boys. We all know Eddie put in astronomical hours at the club – I think the stress of the relegation battle put a lot of things into perspective for him. Wouldn’t be surprised if he just fell out of love with the job, if not the club. – Join the conversation, click here.