BOSS GOT THE FANS CHEERING US AGAIN
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.”