Howe trashes Wenger suc­ces­sion talk

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BOURNEMOUTH man­ager Ed­die Howe has dis­missed spec­u­la­tion that he could suc­ceed Arsene Wenger at Arse­nal as “mean­ing­less” and in­sists he is fully com­mit­ted to the Cher­ries.

Wenger is in the fi­nal year of his con­tract at Arse­nal and has yet to make a de­ci­sion about his fu­ture, rais­ing spec­u­la­tion about who could man­age the Gun­ners next sea­son.

The Sun re­ported on Wed­nes­day that Howe is be­ing se­ri­ously con­sid­ered by the Arse­nal hi­er­ar­chy as a pos­si­ble re­place­ment if Wenger is to step down.

How­ever, re­spond­ing to the re­port on Thurs­day, Howe told a news con­fer­ence: “Spec­u­la­tion is mean­ing­less. I turn a blind eye to it be­cause I do be­lieve it doesn’t have any­thing mean­ing­ful to help me get re­sults for this club.

“I want to win games here and as quickly as pos­si­ble be­cause we want to climb the league. My only aim is suc­cess for Bournemouth.”

Howe has been cred­ited with play­ing a sim­i­lar style of foot­ball to Arse­nal, and his links to the Emi­rates Sta­dium strength­ened af­ter he con­vinced Jack Wil­shere to join Bournemouth on loan af­ter fall­ing out of Wenger’s first-choice lineup. Howe said Wil­shere, who could make his de­but against West Bromwich Al­bion to­day, has al­ready set­tled in well at the club.

And the Cher­ries boss in­sisted that he re­mains fully fo­cused on the pre­sent and not on what might hap­pen in the fu­ture.

“This sea­son is so new, we’re three games in and haven’t won a game yet,” he said. “My only fo­cus can be on try­ing to win the next game. My only fo­cus can be Bournemouth ev­ery minute of ev­ery day be­cause if it’s not then the team will suf­fer.

“I re­it­er­ate my com­mit­ment to Bournemouth. I am very happy here. I be­lieve I’m a very loyal per­son to the peo­ple I work for. It’s very dif­fi­cult in this line of work to pre­dict the fu­ture and I think if you do that, you come un­stuck.

“Who knows what’s go­ing to hap­pen in six months, a year, two years, five years or 10 years? There is no way of pre­dict­ing it. In foot­ball man­age­ment you live week to week. You’re ei­ther very good or very bad in ev­ery­one’s eyes.

“My aim is al­ways to pre­pare for the long-term for the ben­e­fit of the foot­ball club but I take short-term steps and mea­sures to make sure the team is best pre­pared for the Satur­day.”— ESPNFC.

Ed­die Howe

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