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What next for AFC Bournemouth and Eddie Howe?

Bournemouth Manager Eddie Howe has left the club following The Cherries relegation from the Premier League. 

The 42 year old led the South Coast club for more than 450 matches that spanned over more than a decade. 

The decision was ultimately made by mutual consent with both parties coming to the conclusion that the time was right for a fresh approach.

Following his departure, Howe has published an open letter to the fans:

“The club motto is Together anything is possible and that is something that we’ve always firmly believed and strived to implement.

“That quote is representative of everything that we have tried to achieve as a club and it reflects the values that we all have tried to install in each other.  We had a vision and a dream with hard work and unrelenting desire to continuously improve we have always strived to achieve our objectives.”

The Journey

It was just five years ago that AFC Bournemouth completed their journey from the depths of League Two to the promise land of the Premier League.  Eddie Howe’s side sealed their promotion with a 3-0 home win over Bolton.

The win was secured through a Callum Wilson late goal, the England striker had only just signed for three million pounds the previous summer from Coventry City.  Subsequently, it meant that the south-coast club were promoted to England’s top flight for the first time in their history.

Indeed, rewind 11 years prior to the club from Dorset’s promotion to the promise land, the Cherries needed a victory just to stay in the Football League, which thankfully they managed against Grimsby Town. This fact alone, however, shows just how remarkable the club’s rise is to arguably one of the ‘the most prestigious and best leagues’ in the world.’

The Cherries this season sadly saw their five-year stay in the top flight come to an end, as they finished 18th just one point and one place below Aston Villa.

There could be a further twist to come, however, as the Dorset club are considering legal action against the goal line technology company, Hawk-Eye because it failed to give Sheffield United a legitimate goal in the first match of Project Restart – the game itself ended 0-0 between the Yorkshire based club and Aston Villa.  A compensation agreement between the two parties could subsequently be reached just like Sheffield United received back in 2006/07 when they narrowly missed out on staying up to West Ham.

Standout performances in the Premier League

Throughout their five-year stay in England’s top flight the Cherries were known for their inventive and easy on the eye attacking style of play, however, they never were quite able to solve their defensive issues that would ultimately come back to haunt them in the 2019/2020 campaign.

In total they played 190 matches, winning 56 and losing 91 times.  Eddie Howe’s side, however, managed just 38 clean sheets out of those 190 games conceding 330 goals.

Their first season in the Premier League, they managed to finish 16th with a total of 42 points from 38 games, one of their stand out moments that season was achieving a 2-1 victory over Louis Van Gaal’s Manchester United side where winger Junior Stanislas somehow managed to score directly from a corner.

The following season they achieved their highest finish in the division, an impressive ninth place with 46 points that was level with their south coast rivals, Southampton.

Eddie Howe’s men produced a number of impressive displays at the Vitality Stadium that year, including a memorable 4-3 victory over Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool team, which was only secured in the 93rdminute through the currently in demand Dutch centre back Nathan Ake.

The subsequent two seasons saw finishes of 12thand 14th respectively for the South Coast side, where again they were able produce terrific performances against the ‘established top six’ of the Premier League.  Another standout performance in particular was an impressive 3-0 against Antonio Conte’s Chelsea at Stanford Bridge.  They caused more problems for the Blues the following season by securing a 4-0 win over them at the Vitality.

Where did it go wrong?

The final season for the Cherries in the top flight actually began very well for them as they secured notable 3-1 victories over the likes of Southampton and Everton.  While at the start of November they managed their second win over Manchester United at the Vitality Stadium thanks to a former Red Devils reserve team player, King.  They also caused more problems for Chelsea at Stanford Bridge as they managed to hold on to a 1-0 win curtsey of a Dan Gosling goal.

Ultimately, however, it was results in the second half of the campaign that proved Eddie Howe’s sides undoing.  Poor performances against relegation rivals such as West Ham and Watford where they lost 4-0 and 3-0 respectively proving to be particularly costly in January.  While further heavy defeats to the likes of Burnley and Newcastle saw Bournemouth subsequently slide into the relegation zone, before the final nail in the coffin proved to be a 2-0 home defeat to Southampton in their final home game of the season.

They did, however, manage impressive performances towards the end of the season, a 4-1 win over fifth placed Leicester City and a closing 3-1 victory over Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton that ultimately proved in vain as Aston Villa secured the crucial point that they needed to stay up at West Ham.

The benefits of top-flight football

Following the football club’s relegation to The Championship this past the weekend, The Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council leader Vikki Slade said:

“Nothing can take away the achievement and meteoric rise of the club that we witnessed five amazing seasons ago.

“The appeal of Premier League football to national and international audiences has helped to put our area firmly on the map for attracting inward investment and tourism.”

While the Dorset Chamber of Commerce president, Liz Willingham was keen to stress:

“Overnight, we were put on a global map in such a positive way; I know for a fact that the area received a much needed boost in profile and awareness as a result of the club’s Premiership status.

“One example of the difference has been Bournemouth University’s ability to attract new students.  A significant increase, particularly in international students, was purely attributed to Bournemouth’s presence on screens all over the world.”

 

What next?

Since their relegation to The Championship as well as losing Eddie Howe, Bournemouth will most likely have to accept the fact that centre back Ake and forward King will move on, while there has already been interest from West Ham and Tottenham in another Cherries striker who helped take them up, the England international striker, Wilson.

For the new manager, the task will inevitably be trying to get The Cherries back to the Premier League.  The Championship, however, is always a notoriously competitive and tough division to predict. Next season will certainly be no different with the likes of fellow relegated sides, Watford and Norwich City looking to bounce straight up as well as previous European Cup winners Nottingham Forest, who narrowly missed out on the play-offs it is sure to be as challenging as ever.

3 managers who could take over at Chesterfield

Chesterfield parted company with manager Gary Caldwell after just 8 months in the role as manager. Having been unable to keep the Spireites in League One last season, Caldwell was given the task of building a team capable of an immediate return to English football’s third tier. 

Following just one win this season in eight games though, the Chesterfield board decided to relieve Caldwell of his duties and placed Guy Branston in temporary charge.

We take a look at three potential new candidates to take the Chesterfield hot seat.

Kevin Davies

Despite having no previous managerial experience, Kevin Davies could be seen as a potential replacement to the outgoing Gary Caldwell. Davies is no stranger to the Spireites supporters, having played for the club between 1993 and 1997, before he attracted the attention of Southampton.

Some will say that the club need an experienced manager at the helm to help guide the club up the League Two table, but with Davies having played under the likes of Graeme Souness and Sam Allardyce, he is sure to have picked up plenty of quality coaching tips and methods and could be seen as an outsider for the hot seat.

Alan Stubbs

Having started his managerial career in Scotland with Hibernian, Stubbs won the club the Scottish Cup in the 2015-2016 season, their first time in 114 years. After guiding Hib’s to success, he moved South of the border and became the new manager of Rotherham United.

Despite being appointed in June 2016, Stubbs was sacked by the ‘Millers’ in October the same year after losing ten of his fourteen games in charge of the football club. Despite only having a brief spell with Rotherham, the drop down to League Two could re-galvanise his managerial career and he could draw on his success at Hibernian and guide Chesterfield up the League Two table.

Steve Cotterill 

The experienced option for Chesterfield would be to turn to Steve Cotterill. Having had plenty of managerial jobs throughout his career and having worked with plenty of decent names in the game, he could certainly turn the clubs fortunes around and help them back up the League Two table.

Starting his career at Sligo Rovers, Cotterill led the Irish outfit into Europe, before making the move to Cheltenham Town who were at the time of his appointment a Southern Football League Premier Division side. In his first full year with the club though he got them promoted to the Football Conference. After spending five years with the club he moved onto Stoke City, before going on manage the likes of Burnley, Notts County, Portsmouth, Nottingham Forest and Bristol City.

His most recent post was as Assistant Manager to Harry Redknapp at Birmingham City, but after helping guide the Midlands outfit to safety last season he decided to leave the club despite being asked to stay on in his role.

Chesterfield fans who do you want to see as your new manager and what would they bring to the team? Let us know in the comments section…

3 managers who could replace harry Redknapp

Birmingham City have parted company with manager harry Redknapp following a 1-3 home defeat at the hands of Preston North End. The defeat left the club on a run of six straight defeats in all competitions, and with six defeats in eight league matches which left ‘The Blues’ languishing in 23rd place in the Championship table. 

Following the departure of Harry Redknapp we take a look at 3 possible replacements that could be sitting in the hot seat for next Saturday’s trip to Derby County.

David Moyes

The Scotsman has been without a job since resigning from his post as Sunderland manager, following the clubs relegation from the Premier League in May 2017. Having started his managerial career with Preston North End, Moyes led the club to the Football League First Division play-offs in 2001 but missed out on promotion to the Premier League losing to Bolton 3-0 in the final.

The following season saw Moyes join Everton, where most say were his best years in management. Leading the club to UEFA cup football in 2007 as well as transforming the Merseyside outfit from a team that were competing near the bottom of the Premier League to a team that were consistently in the top half.

In May 2013 following Alex Ferguson announcing his retirement from Manchester United, the worlds media was informed that David Moyes would be Ferguson’s successor in the United hot seat. Following a turbulent few months in the job, it was announced that Moyes had been sacked by the ‘Red Devils’ as results on the pitch were not good enough.

Moyes then went onto manage Real Sociedad in Spain but lasted just short of a year in the post, before moving to Sunderland where unfortunately he couldn’t keep the side in the Premier League in the 2016-2017 season. The day after it was confirmed they had been relegated, it was announced that Moyes had resigned from his post and would leave the football club.

Alan Pardew

Having managed 6 clubs in his managerial career, including the likes of Reading, West Ham, Charlton, Newcastle and Crystal Palace, Pardew could be seen as a good appointment to the Birmingham hot seat.

Having had success at Championship level when he led West Ham to the Premier League via the play-offs in the 2004-2005 season, Pardew went onto to lead the ‘Hammers’ to the UEFA Cup. Following defeat at the hands of Palermo in the first round and coupled with the defeat to Chesterfield in the League Cup it was announced in December 2006 that Pardew had been sacked by the club.

He then went on to manage Charlton and Southampton respectively, where when managing Southampton he led the club to Football League Trophy Success in 2010, the clubs first trophy since 1976, before the club parted company with him five months later.

He then went onto manage Newcastle United, where he was manager for 4 years, before Crystal Palace came calling for him following the sacking of Neil Warnock and Pardew agreed to to join the London outfit.

After just 6 wins in 36 games in 2016 and the club in 17th position in the Premier League, Pardew was relieved of his duties by chairman Steve Parish.

Ryan Giggs

A name that always seems to pop up in recent times when a manager is relieved of his duties is former Manchester United hero Ryan Giggs. Although he has no previous managerial experience, Giggs could be a terrific appointment for Birmingham City as he has won everything that there is a player with the ‘Red Devils’.

He was recently linked with the jobs at Nottingham Forest and Swansea City to name a few, but has yet to dip his toe in management. Having played under Sir Alex Ferguson and having been assistant to Louis Van Goal the dutchman tenure at Old Trafford, he has certainly learnt from two managers who have been there and done it, and this experience could lead him in good stead for his managerial career.

Birmingham City fans who do you want to see in the hot seat next? Would you like to see another experienced manager or a younger manager? Let us know in the comments…

Did Birmingham make the signing of the summer?

With all the money that was spent during the summer transfer window, its clear to see that fees for players is continuing to rise year on year. 

Last year we saw Manchester United sign Paul Pogba for a fee believed to be in the region of £89m, and this summer that was blown out of the water by Paris St Germain, who completed the signing of Neymar from Barcelona for €222m.

With big money been spent by Premier League clubs its driving the price of players in the lower leagues up, but on deadline day Birmingham City made a quality signing and a such a good price, as they completed the signing of Jota from Brentford for a fee believed to be in excess of £6m.

Jota – The Spanish midfielder can play on either wing or just behind the striker, offering versatility in his game.

Last season for Brentford he managed to score 12 goals in the Championship and also provide 5 assists for his teammates, and has carried that form into this season where he already has 3 assists in just 4 games. From these statistics it shows that Jota will certainly contribute to the team, and at a fee of just over £6m he could be well be bargain of the summer.

Birmingham City fans are you pleased with the Jota signing? Do you believe you have got yourselves a bargain? Let us know in the comments below…