2 The Daily Telegraph Tuesday 28 July 2020 ** Sport Football Tom Morgan Howe admits future is in doubt ahead of crunch talks with owner From Page 1 Meanwhile, Bournemouth must quickly resolve manager Eddie Howe’s future. Howe’s contract does not expire until next summer but, following Sunday’s relegation, he said that he needed to speak to the club’s owner, Maxim Demin, before deciding whether he stayed. Talks are expected this week. “This isn’t just my decision,” Howe said. “It’s, ‘What do the club want, where do the club see themselves and who do they want to lead them?’ These are questions we need to speak about in the next few days and then plan a blueprint for next season. I don’t want to give clarity when there are so many unknowns.” Howe has apologised for relega- Howe has always wanted to ensure that Bournemouth’s Premier League tenure leaves a tangible legacy for the club, and work on their £35 million training ground project has paused due to the Covid-19 crisis and cost of relegation. Bournemouth have always prepared for the possibility of relegation. There are clauses in players’ contracts, and significant cuts to what is already a relatively small off-field staff are unlikely. Centre-back Nathan Ake is certain to be sold, while striker Callum Wilson, goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale and midfielder Jefferson Lerma will also attract interest. a points deduction, with Tevez scoring the goal on the final day that secured their safety and sent Sheffield United down. Eighteen months after Sheffield United sued West Ham for the cost of relegation, the clubs reached an out-of-court settlement of £18.1 million to end their dispute. While Hawk-Eye has acknowledged its mistake, Aston Villa would argue that they would have approached the rest of the Sheffield United game – and their final fixture of the season at West Ham, where they drew 1-1 – differently if the circumstances had changed. tion, but has overseen three promotions and, aside from a brief period at Burnley, been the club’s manager since 2008. A huge off-field overhaul would be needed if he left.
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