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Congratulations Cherries

Great tweet sent out tonight by Charlton after Bournemouth won 3-0 at home to Bolton to all but guarantee their promotion to the Premier League before they visit The Valley on Saturday.

CAFC press officer Iain Liddle leaves the club after Saturday, and he’ll be feeling pretty pleased with himself after that gem of a tweet tonight. Iain and his team, past and present, have done a terrific job, in often very trying circumstances, in building Charlton’s social media presence to the standing it has today.
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Eddie Howe – Loyalty eh?

Unbelievable. It appears that Burnley are set unveil their new manager…. Eddie Howe with assistant Jason Tindall. What a drama queen and I feel for the Bournemouth fans, who must be exhausted and upset by all that has gone on.

As a football fan, I feel let down too. There we were admiring Eddie Howe’s loyalty only two days ago and his words were as empty as Turf Moor on a Saturday afternoon. Burnley of course have the benefit of a few more years of parachute money and are 4 points off the play-offs. Money, there is that word.

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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.

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Eddie Howe

Sky Sports are reporting that Eddie Howe is set to be named our new boss. More

That follows news this morning that Rochdale boss Keith Hill has become Palarse’s new number one target after Howe switched his attentions to The Valley. It was rumoured he was at White Hart Lane yesterday and met Varney and Slater afterwards. According to Bournemouth chairman Eddie Mitchell he is due to meet Howe later today.

If true, I would be pleased with Howe. At 33-years old he is one of the best young coaches around and has done a tremendous job at Bournemouth. I ask myself if he can he carry that on at a different club, a bigger club, after spending almost his whole career at Dean Court? And also compared to say a Wise or a Wilkins, will Howe be able to attract players to The Valley?

However if I look at the supposed candidates for the job, then judged on ability and record Howe stands up very well. And hey, he turned down Crystal Palarse for us. That says a lot about the man.

EDIT 10.45am: Howe and (ex Addick) Jason Tindall now in discussions with the AFC Bournemouth board. They signing a new contract with The Cherries is still very much an option. If you have nothing better to do, then this is the Bournemouth Echo’s Live Blog.

A proud defeat, but what’s next?

Tottenham Hotspur 3 Charlton Athletic 0
Well much better than we’d all dreamt of this week. My son was expecting 10, I was more like half of that. It was three in the end but it was the performance and belief with which the team played for Keith Peacock, Damian Matthew and the noisy travelling Addicks that gave us back some pride following a week when that word was very scarce indeed.

We played excellently in the first first half and came closest to scoring and it was a joy to hear Charlton songs blasting out on the radio. The BBC Radio commentary team were very complimentary. However within a  20-minute spell at the beginning of the 2nd period we were dead and buried as substitute Luka Modric turned the screws and that annoying individual Jermain Defoe scored his customary goals against us.

Admittedly Spurs took their foot of the gas but we continued to have some good possession and both Sodje and Doherty came close to beating Cudicini near the end but a late consolation wasn’t forthcoming.

It wasn’t long ago that Spurs was a regular fixture and we nearly always finished above them in the table but ignoring our troubles, under Redknapp Spurs have come on bundles since we left the Premier League and it was the expected defeat, but for anyone disappointed then let me point you to managerless Ipswich, who were hammered 7-0 by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

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