The 4-0 home win for Bournemouth over Chelsea on Wednesday evening has again raised the profile of their manager Eddie Howe. Could he be the next permanent England manager when Gareth Southgate leaves the post?
Howe has built himself a huge reputation as manager of Bournemouth. He took them into the Premier League, and they are now in their third season in the top-tier. Rarely have the club, whose ground has only a capacity of 12,000, been in relegation trouble.
Considering the fact that Bournemouth consistently concede goals, it’s a bit of a surprise that in his playing career, Howe was a defender. He played over 250 games for Bournemouth but a transfer to Portsmouth was ruined by injury and he only appeared in two games for them.
Injuries forced Howe to retire in 2007 and he joined the Bournemouth coaching staff. Two years later he became their manager and led them to promotion from League Two. His managerial talents attracted the attention of Burnley and he joined them in 2011 but left the following year.
Manager of the Decade
He returned to Bournemouth for a second spell as manager and more success followed. They were promoted to the Premier League in 2015 and he won the Manager of the Decade Award at the Football League awards.
Bournemouth have a much larger playing budget than the days when they nearly went out of business. Howe has done incredibly well to establish the south coast team in the Premier League and their win over Chelsea was the latest in a string of big wins over top sides.
There aren’t a great deal of English managers making waves in the Premier League at present. It’s likely to be a few years until Gareth Southgate leaves the England job, but when he does, Howe Is going to be a leading contender to replace him. You can get 7/2 at Paddy Power on him taking over.