Howe commits to Cherries
So after 36 hours of frantic rumours and snippets of truths and-half truths, Eddie Howe has decided to stay with Bournemouth, one would expect significantly increasing his £100,000 a year salary in the meantime and, let’s be fair, increasing his chances of staying gainfully employed in football management a lot longer.
The longer this drama played out the more likely it was that Howe was going to stay on the south-coast. He is only 33, and he would have looked around at his fellow peer group this last month and seen 16 of them get the sack. The mid-30’s is a tough time to be out of work.
Good luck to him and to Bournemouth’s supporters who were beside themselves. If after 4-5 days he wasn’t sure about a move to The Valley then neither should we.
Slater, Jimenez and Varney now have to look elsewhere and since the weekend Garry Johnson has joined the list of available candidates…. as has Woy. Steve Clarke, if he was ever a possibility, is no longer one.
One thing that is nagging at me during the Howe saga is that I read from a good Bournemouth source that Howe was very nervous of our owners and that may have put Palace in a more favourable position. If true, then that concerns me greatly.
Conversely what encourages me is that I think Howe was a good choice by the new owners and it means they are prepared to bring in and pay for good young talent and potential. But not overpay. And perhaps Parky’s departure was less premeditated than we first thought and Dennis Wise wasn’t sat on the golf course waiting for a phone call.
Chris Hughton thus might now be above our pay-grade, but Paul Tisdale and Brentford’s Andy Scott have come into the betting frame, not that tells us much. Darren Ferguson is now out of work but he hasn’t inherited his Dad’s ability and I’d rather we pass. I have always admired Garry Johnson though and most football people would agree that his ‘bad Peterborough experience’ (1 point below us!) was down to their chairman.
Fact is we are back to the drawing board, unless the new owners had a 2nd choice. So Keefy, what are you up this weekend? Looks like you’ll be on the bus to Sheffield.