Eddie Howe is a former professional footballer and the current manager of AFC Bournemouth. Before retirement, Howe mainly played as a defender during his career. Howe rescued AFC Bournemouth from relegation out of the Football League in his first season in charge, after the club started the season on -17 points and then led them to promotion the following season.
After ending his playing career, Howe joined Bournemouth as a youth coach, under Jimmy Quinn, and soon took over as caretaker manager when Quinn was sacked in December of 2008. Even though his two games in charge as caretaker manager were away defeats, Howe was hired as the permanent manager of the club in January of 2009 and led the club out of the relegation zone.
At the start of the 2009/10 season, Howe won eight out of the first nine games, a club record. In November 2009, Championship club Peterborough United approached Howe to replace Darren Ferguson as their manager, but Howe showed his loyalty to Bournemouth and rejected the club’s offer.
Despite the club’s transfer embargo remaining in place for the rest of the season, Bournemouth secured promotion to League One after two years in the fourth tier of English football, after winning an away game against Burton Albion in 2010. After a short and brief spell as the manager at Burnley, Howe returned to Bournemouth and led them to two further promotions in three seasons, resulting in the club playing in the top flight of English Football, the Premier League, for the first time in the club’s history.
Howe’s successes with Bournemouth resulted in him being given the inaugural Football League Manager of the Decade Award in 2015. A brilliant motivational football speaker, Eddie Howe is able to recite anecdotes from his career and his role in the huge amount of success enjoyed at AFC Bournemouth.
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