The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

BOURNEMOUTH mid­fielder Eu­nan O’Kane has thanked Ed­die Howe for get­ting the Dean Court crowd off the play­ers’ backs.

O’Kane, a sum­mer sign­ing from Torquay, be­lieves the man­ager’s re­turn lifted the pres­sure af­ter a dis­mal start to the sea­son un­der Paul Groves, which left the bigspend­ing Cher­ries in the rel­e­ga­tion zone.

“It sounds daft, but I think the big­gest thing about the gaffer com­ing back was just him be­ing Ed­die Howe,” says O’Kane.

“Un­der the old man­ager, we tried to play football.We tried to play out from the back and keep pos­ses­sion. But when we played here, the crowd got af­ter us. I think they wanted to see us fly­ing for­ward, get­ting crosses in, go­ing af­ter teams.

“Maybe we do that a lit­tle bit more, but the truth is, not much has changed.The dif­fer­ence is Ed­die – his char­ac­ter, his per­son­al­ity. He was born and bred in Bournemouth, played for the club and man­aged it. I think the fans see him as one of their own and want him to suc­ceed.

“Don’t get me wrong – he’s a very clever man.You’re not a stupid coach when you mas­ter­mind two pro­mo­tions.

“But now when we pass it around at the back, ev­ery pass is cheered. The fans are united be­hind him and that at­mos­phere rubs off on the play­ers.

“If I could sum up Ed­die’s main strength it would be the ef­fect he has on peo­ple.The fans, the play­ers, the staff – he brings peo­ple to­gether and from the day he ar­rived the whole club felt more solid.”

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