AFC Bournemouth: Ex-Cherries star Masters in talks over Scandinavian scouting role

EX-CHERRIES STAR: Neil Masters

EX-CHERRIES STAR: Neil Masters

First published in Sport Bournemouth Echo: Photograph of the Author by

FORMER Cherries star Neil Masters could be tasked with helping the club unearth new talent in Scandinavia as boss Eddie Howe looks to expand his scouting network.

Masters, who served his apprenticeship at Dean Court under Harry Redknapp in the late 1980s, has already held talks with Howe regarding the possibility of lending his support to the backroom staff.

Nicknamed Rhino due to his powerful shooting ability, Masters now lives in Norway where he played and coached after leaving England in 2001.

A cultured left-back, the Northern Ireland youth international made 51 appearances for Cherries and looked destined for a bright future after earning a big-money move to Wolves in December 1993.

But a succession of serious injuries restricted him to just 12 games in almost four years at Molineux before Masters tried to relaunch his career in Norway following a spell with Gillingham.

He played briefly for Moss FK and was then handed his first coaching post by Norwegian fourth division outfit Rygge FK after hanging up his boots.

Masters, now 41, was initially sounded out by his former Cherries team-mate Steve Fletcher, who has been promoted by Howe to the position of head of UK recruitment.

Howe told the Daily Echo: “Neil is a close friend of Steve Fletcher and they spoke about a couple of things. He is living in Norway and has a really good knowledge of the Scandinavian market so it made sense to invite him over to have a chat to see how we could progress things.

“There is a desire for us to seek value for money and to have a look at the foreign market. I wouldn’t say we are going to flood the squad with foreign players but we will definitely look at it and see what we can do.

“The really good thing about Neil is that he is a Bournemouth man and speaks really highly of time here. From the times I used to watch him play, I was very impressed with him and have also been very impressed with him on a personal level since meeting him so hopefully it can work out well for the club.”

Fletcher’s promotion comes just months after he accepted an invitation to join Howe’s backroom team, combining his scouting role with some ambassadorial duties for the club. His elevation has seen David Webb become head of European recruitment.

Howe added: “We have tweaked our scouting structure and Fletch is going to oversee the UK recruitment. He has done very well in his role and we have been very impressed with his work ethic and how detailed he is. He deserves this and it is just a slight reshuffle with Dave Webb now overseeing the overseas market.”

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7:20am Thu 6 Feb 14

STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road says...

We had some dodgy shirts over the years, but this one must have been up there as the worst. I actually brought the away version which was mint green and purple i believe. As an exile i used to get some strange looks when wearing it to the shops etc. Good luck to Neil if he joins the roller-coaster.
We had some dodgy shirts over the years, but this one must have been up there as the worst. I actually brought the away version which was mint green and purple i believe. As an exile i used to get some strange looks when wearing it to the shops etc. Good luck to Neil if he joins the roller-coaster. STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road
  • Score: 10

7:21am Thu 6 Feb 14

Mike Oxbig says...

Great news. Maybe he could unearth another 'gem' like Rantie!!!!
Great news. Maybe he could unearth another 'gem' like Rantie!!!! Mike Oxbig
  • Score: -46

7:37am Thu 6 Feb 14

Richard 1976 says...

STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road wrote:
We had some dodgy shirts over the years, but this one must have been up there as the worst. I actually brought the away version which was mint green and purple i believe. As an exile i used to get some strange looks when wearing it to the shops etc. Good luck to Neil if he joins the roller-coaster.
Ouch that away shirt really was something! I bought the home version when frizzel sponsored us.. Looked like a Pizza Hut table cloth..
[quote][p][bold]STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road[/bold] wrote: We had some dodgy shirts over the years, but this one must have been up there as the worst. I actually brought the away version which was mint green and purple i believe. As an exile i used to get some strange looks when wearing it to the shops etc. Good luck to Neil if he joins the roller-coaster.[/p][/quote]Ouch that away shirt really was something! I bought the home version when frizzel sponsored us.. Looked like a Pizza Hut table cloth.. Richard 1976
  • Score: 6

8:12am Thu 6 Feb 14

OxBigger says...

Mike Oxbig wrote:
Great news. Maybe he could unearth another 'gem' like Rantie!!!!
K.N.O.B. Why don't you Zip It Numpty
[quote][p][bold]Mike Oxbig[/bold] wrote: Great news. Maybe he could unearth another 'gem' like Rantie!!!![/p][/quote]K.N.O.B. Why don't you Zip It Numpty OxBigger
  • Score: 12

9:16am Thu 6 Feb 14

Deejaycee says...

Mike Oxbig wrote:
Great news. Maybe he could unearth another 'gem' like Rantie!!!!
Orbig! Ox pr1ck more like.
[quote][p][bold]Mike Oxbig[/bold] wrote: Great news. Maybe he could unearth another 'gem' like Rantie!!!![/p][/quote]Orbig! Ox pr1ck more like. Deejaycee
  • Score: 3

9:24am Thu 6 Feb 14

boyerboy says...

RHINO - best hitter of the dead ball since Micky Cave......
RHINO - best hitter of the dead ball since Micky Cave...... boyerboy
  • Score: 1

9:25am Thu 6 Feb 14

Afcbpete says...

Yet again, another move in the right direction, although as usual I'm sure there will be those who will find fault....
Yet again, another move in the right direction, although as usual I'm sure there will be those who will find fault.... Afcbpete
  • Score: 6

9:31am Thu 6 Feb 14

ASM says...

Mike Oxbig wrote:
Great news. Maybe he could unearth another 'gem' like Rantie!!!!
for the rantie doubters, give him time to settle and see what he is capable of http://www.youtube.c

om/watch?v=uTRWj5OfU

x0
[quote][p][bold]Mike Oxbig[/bold] wrote: Great news. Maybe he could unearth another 'gem' like Rantie!!!![/p][/quote]for the rantie doubters, give him time to settle and see what he is capable of http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=uTRWj5OfU x0 ASM
  • Score: 5

9:31am Thu 6 Feb 14

ASM says...

Mike Oxbig wrote:
Great news. Maybe he could unearth another 'gem' like Rantie!!!!
for the rantie doubters, give him time to settle and see what he is capable of http://www.youtube.c

om/watch?v=uTRWj5OfU

x0
[quote][p][bold]Mike Oxbig[/bold] wrote: Great news. Maybe he could unearth another 'gem' like Rantie!!!![/p][/quote]for the rantie doubters, give him time to settle and see what he is capable of http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=uTRWj5OfU x0 ASM
  • Score: 1

9:31am Thu 6 Feb 14

ASM says...

Mike Oxbig wrote:
Great news. Maybe he could unearth another 'gem' like Rantie!!!!
for the rantie doubters, give him time to settle and see what he is capable of http://www.youtube.c

om/watch?v=uTRWj5OfU

x0
[quote][p][bold]Mike Oxbig[/bold] wrote: Great news. Maybe he could unearth another 'gem' like Rantie!!!![/p][/quote]for the rantie doubters, give him time to settle and see what he is capable of http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=uTRWj5OfU x0 ASM
  • Score: 1

9:34am Thu 6 Feb 14

ASM says...

sorry for multiple posts, my computer froze. Masters was my favourite player back in the day, just after the redknapp era. I thought he was a left winger, not a left back.
sorry for multiple posts, my computer froze. Masters was my favourite player back in the day, just after the redknapp era. I thought he was a left winger, not a left back. ASM
  • Score: 2

9:37am Thu 6 Feb 14

Solentcherry says...

I remember that shocking strip !.
Memo to club ; Never ditch the red and black stripes again !!.
I remember that shocking strip !. Memo to club ; Never ditch the red and black stripes again !!. Solentcherry
  • Score: 5

9:51am Thu 6 Feb 14

golfer33 says...

there are many good players in Scando land, but stepping up into championship football is hard.
there are many good players in Scando land, but stepping up into championship football is hard. golfer33
  • Score: 0

10:04am Thu 6 Feb 14

devon fan says...

ASM wrote:
sorry for multiple posts, my computer froze. Masters was my favourite player back in the day, just after the redknapp era. I thought he was a left winger, not a left back.
no he was a left back a player with a tremendous shot, if it had not been for his injury problems I am certain he could have become a top player
[quote][p][bold]ASM[/bold] wrote: sorry for multiple posts, my computer froze. Masters was my favourite player back in the day, just after the redknapp era. I thought he was a left winger, not a left back.[/p][/quote]no he was a left back a player with a tremendous shot, if it had not been for his injury problems I am certain he could have become a top player devon fan
  • Score: 1

10:13am Thu 6 Feb 14

Marvreturns says...

I remember Master scoring a screamer of a free-kick in a home GA cup game againt Brighton. Could have a been a top draw player. Oh, and I think I still have THAT away shirt bundled into a draw somewhere!
I remember Master scoring a screamer of a free-kick in a home GA cup game againt Brighton. Could have a been a top draw player. Oh, and I think I still have THAT away shirt bundled into a draw somewhere! Marvreturns
  • Score: 1

11:01am Thu 6 Feb 14

STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road says...

Marvreturns wrote:
I remember Master scoring a screamer of a free-kick in a home GA cup game againt Brighton. Could have a been a top draw player. Oh, and I think I still have THAT away shirt bundled into a draw somewhere!
I think i advertised mine in Exchange & Mart and swapped it for old Robin Reliant ;-)
[quote][p][bold]Marvreturns[/bold] wrote: I remember Master scoring a screamer of a free-kick in a home GA cup game againt Brighton. Could have a been a top draw player. Oh, and I think I still have THAT away shirt bundled into a draw somewhere![/p][/quote]I think i advertised mine in Exchange & Mart and swapped it for old Robin Reliant ;-) STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road
  • Score: 1

11:38am Thu 6 Feb 14

BH1 loyal says...

Mike Oxbig wrote:
Great news. Maybe he could unearth another 'gem' like Rantie!!!!
For every Cantona their is 5 Andre Silenzi's. Who do you support Oxbig?
[quote][p][bold]Mike Oxbig[/bold] wrote: Great news. Maybe he could unearth another 'gem' like Rantie!!!![/p][/quote]For every Cantona their is 5 Andre Silenzi's. Who do you support Oxbig? BH1 loyal
  • Score: 1

12:06pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Noel. says...

ASM wrote:
Mike Oxbig wrote:
Great news. Maybe he could unearth another 'gem' like Rantie!!!!
for the rantie doubters, give him time to settle and see what he is capable of http://www.youtube.c


om/watch?v=uTRWj5OfU


x0
Some good stuff on the video clip.

I do notice that passes were played into his feet, and that he used his speed to beat the defenders and get in positions. May be, as is often said, we should learn those are his strengths and play to them.

I also notice that there were no defenders climbing over his back, pulling his shirt, etc, etc. May be British refs and linos need to start remembering those are fouls and penalizing them unlike last Saturday, and the one before, and the one before that, and .............
[quote][p][bold]ASM[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mike Oxbig[/bold] wrote: Great news. Maybe he could unearth another 'gem' like Rantie!!!![/p][/quote]for the rantie doubters, give him time to settle and see what he is capable of http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=uTRWj5OfU x0[/p][/quote]Some good stuff on the video clip. I do notice that passes were played into his feet, and that he used his speed to beat the defenders and get in positions. May be, as is often said, we should learn those are his strengths and play to them. I also notice that there were no defenders climbing over his back, pulling his shirt, etc, etc. May be British refs and linos need to start remembering those are fouls and penalizing them unlike last Saturday, and the one before, and the one before that, and ............. Noel.
  • Score: 2

12:42pm Thu 6 Feb 14

simon cooper says...

The Rhino as we called him was a superb player with heart and passion.

I am sure he will look for players with the same attributes.

Oh by the way Oxbig, were you beaten severely as a child and as a result low on confidence and no friends, hmmmmmm.

I thought so, knob jockey.

U T C I A D.
The Rhino as we called him was a superb player with heart and passion. I am sure he will look for players with the same attributes. Oh by the way Oxbig, were you beaten severely as a child and as a result low on confidence and no friends, hmmmmmm. I thought so, knob jockey. U T C I A D. simon cooper
  • Score: 0

2:42pm Thu 6 Feb 14

dekayedcherry says...

Good idea to have people scouting for us in different parts of he world. Here are a few suggestions .
1) The Lincolnshire prophet to assist Steve Fletcher in his role as head of UK Recruitment by sending him scouting reports on players he thinks will be good enough for the Championship.Maybe the wise one can find another Grabban for Fletcher (oh no !!! He said he(Grabban) wasn't good enough for the Championship didn't he !!!.)
2) I couldn't come up with any ex-cherries plying their trade in Europe (playing or coaching ?) But with our recently forged links with Real Madrid, they might just have a young player they would send to us on loan to get "British" experience. Hope Dave webb as Head of European Recritment looks at that possibility.
3) As Ted McDougall coaches in Canada and is a very experieced ex-Cherry perhaps we could forge links with him on that Continent and see if there are "Stars in waiting out there who we might pick up.
4) Last but not least is another great stalwart and ex - Cherry who emigrated to Australia namely Neil Young who I understand took up coaching down under and who might find us " another gem" in the Aussie leagues. One or two gems have come from there in the past and played at Premier & International level.

So if we can pick up some "Foreign" bargains rather than inflated "British" prices because clubs know we have a "wealthy Russian backer" then more power to "our elbow" as the saying goes. I think EH and MD hve got it spot on looking for talent world wide. UTC.

PS. Rantie will prove a "great buy" given time and if the "knockers" get off his back.
Good idea to have people scouting for us in different parts of he world. Here are a few suggestions . 1) The Lincolnshire prophet to assist Steve Fletcher in his role as head of UK Recruitment by sending him scouting reports on players he thinks will be good enough for the Championship.Maybe the wise one can find another Grabban for Fletcher (oh no !!! He said he(Grabban) wasn't good enough for the Championship didn't he !!!.) 2) I couldn't come up with any ex-cherries plying their trade in Europe (playing or coaching ?) But with our recently forged links with Real Madrid, they might just have a young player they would send to us on loan to get "British" experience. Hope Dave webb as Head of European Recritment looks at that possibility. 3) As Ted McDougall coaches in Canada and is a very experieced ex-Cherry perhaps we could forge links with him on that Continent and see if there are "Stars in waiting out there who we might pick up. 4) Last but not least is another great stalwart and ex - Cherry who emigrated to Australia namely Neil Young who I understand took up coaching down under and who might find us " another gem" in the Aussie leagues. One or two gems have come from there in the past and played at Premier & International level. So if we can pick up some "Foreign" bargains rather than inflated "British" prices because clubs know we have a "wealthy Russian backer" then more power to "our elbow" as the saying goes. I think EH and MD hve got it spot on looking for talent world wide. UTC. PS. Rantie will prove a "great buy" given time and if the "knockers" get off his back. dekayedcherry
  • Score: 2

4:45pm Thu 6 Feb 14

jontee says...

ASM wrote:
Mike Oxbig wrote: Great news. Maybe he could unearth another 'gem' like Rantie!!!!
for the rantie doubters, give him time to settle and see what he is capable of http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=uTRWj5OfU x0
He's had his time I think. He's shown us what he's capable of and it isn't scoring goals.
[quote][p][bold]ASM[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mike Oxbig[/bold] wrote: Great news. Maybe he could unearth another 'gem' like Rantie!!!![/p][/quote]for the rantie doubters, give him time to settle and see what he is capable of http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=uTRWj5OfU x0[/p][/quote]He's had his time I think. He's shown us what he's capable of and it isn't scoring goals. jontee
  • Score: -6

6:03pm Thu 6 Feb 14

afcdibby says...

Neil Masters and Keith Rowlands. We were certainly blessed with two cracking left sided players when they were playing in AFCB shirts.
Neil Masters and Keith Rowlands. We were certainly blessed with two cracking left sided players when they were playing in AFCB shirts. afcdibby
  • Score: 2

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