‘EPL clubs im­pa­tient’

The New Age (Northern Cape) - - SPORT -

BOURNEMOUTH boss Ed­die Howe be­lieves the re­volv­ing door pol­icy many Premier League clubs have un­der­taken in search of in­stant suc­cess is detri­men­tal to a club’s prospects of build­ing for the fu­ture.

Howe pre­pares Bournemouth for Satur­day’s league trip to Wat­ford, one of seven top­flight clubs to have had changed man­agers this sea­son.

Javi Gra­cia re­placed Marco Silva at Vicarage Road in Jan­uary, while West Bromwich Albion, Stoke City, Southamp­ton, Swansea City, Ever­ton and Le­ices­ter have all cho­sen to ap­point new man­agers in search of im­proved re­sults.

“It tells you there is a big de­sire to change,” Howe said.

“If things aren’t go­ing well, the days when peo­ple will show pa­tience and give a man­ager time to turn it round have gone. There is an in­stant need to change and that is al­ways seen as bet­ter.

“It doesn’t al­ways work out that way, it’s about next week or next month, which I don’t nec­es­sar­ily think is good for the struc­ture of a club in the long term. I think the best-run clubs have a plan be­yond the im­me­di­ate time.”

Hav­ing re­turned to Bournemouth in 2012, Howe is the se­cond-long­est serv­ing man­ager in the top flight be­hind Ar­se­nal boss Arsene Wenger, who took charge in 1996. In his first sea­son in charge, Howe guided the club to safety in League Two in 2008-09 and has since never failed to im­prove their po­si­tion in the stand­ings across two spells.

“I think if the peo­ple in charge of the club see that and they trust the peo­ple who are lead­ing that, then why change?” – Reuters

PIC­TURE: AFP

MAIN­STAY: Bournemouth man­ager Ed­die Howe.

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