Cherries: Howe will bring out best in Brett says mentor Roach

JOE Roach is tipping Eddie Howe to maximise the mercurial talents of Brett Pitman and insists the striker can provide the finishing touch for Cherries.

Former Cherries head of youth Roach mentored Pitman as he rolled off the Dean Court production line to become a goalscoring star in the first team.

Pitman returned to Dorset on Tuesday when he signed on loan from Bristol City, with a view to a permanent move in the January transfer window.

The Jersey-born frontman agreed terms on a three-and-a-half year deal and will cost Cherries a cut-price fee believed to be in the region of £60,000.

Pitman, who hit 28 goals for Howe during Cherries’ 2010 promotion campaign, was given limited game-time by City after his £550,000 switch.

But Roach insists Pitman will flourish and again enjoy a fruitful partnership with old boss Howe. He also believes the creativity Cherries have displayed since Howe’s appointment will play into the hands of “goalscorer” Pitman.

Roach told the Daily Echo: “I think Eddie will, and has, got the best out of him.

“If you look at Brett’s record from that part of his career with Bournemouth before he left, you don’t need to be a statistician to see the impact that he made.

“I have seen probably all the home games since Eddie has been back and the team are creating lots of chances and Brett will thrive on those types of ball entries into the box. I think, within a very short period of time, he will be scoring, without putting pressure on the lad.

“Eddie knows how to get the best out of Brett from a playing point of view and, if he is doing the right things, will want him on the pitch. Brett will react to that in a positive statement. He will have to work hard with Eddie and Eddie will get the best out of him.”

Appointed to the youth set-up by Sean O’Driscoll in 2001, Roach departed Dean Court in controversial circumstances in June 2011. In his 10 years at the club, he was responsible for unearthing in excess of £1.5million worth of talent – including Pitman, Sam Vokes, Josh McQuoid and Danny Ings.

Roach, who also backed Howe to bring out the best in former pupils McQuoid and Joe Partington, says Pitman was always a natural.

He added: “We didn’t have a player like him in the youth team until that point. We had Danny Ings and Sam Vokes but he was just a natural goalscorer.

“Inside the box, outside the box, overhead kicks – any type of goal you wanted, he was capable of scoring, and you can’t take that away. His record in the youth team and first team is exemplary.”

Roach, who still lives locally, is currently working on behalf of the Premier League, auditing and inspecting academies.

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7:19am Thu 22 Nov 12

Frankiesbackfromhollywood says...

Would love to see Joe back at the club, I would reckon Eddie would as well, if he can pull that one off then I think a very large number of us would be very pleased!!
Would love to see Joe back at the club, I would reckon Eddie would as well, if he can pull that one off then I think a very large number of us would be very pleased!! Frankiesbackfromhollywood
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7:30am Thu 22 Nov 12

Ferndown Steve says...

I hope EH has had a word with Joe when he's been at Dean Court recently !
Hope there is a cunning plan ?.....We will see !
UTC
I hope EH has had a word with Joe when he's been at Dean Court recently ! Hope there is a cunning plan ?.....We will see ! UTC Ferndown Steve
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8:04am Thu 22 Nov 12

Luffbracherry says...

Ferndown Steve wrote:
I hope EH has had a word with Joe when he's been at Dean Court recently !
Hope there is a cunning plan ?.....We will see !
UTC
I hope you are right. It is about time people who know about football and football management are allowed to make the right decisions
[quote][p][bold]Ferndown Steve[/bold] wrote: I hope EH has had a word with Joe when he's been at Dean Court recently ! Hope there is a cunning plan ?.....We will see ! UTC[/p][/quote]I hope you are right. It is about time people who know about football and football management are allowed to make the right decisions Luffbracherry
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8:05am Thu 22 Nov 12

DansAFCB says...

GROVES OUT!!!!!!! ROACH IN!

I spoke to Joe a few weeks ago and I asked if he was coming back, his response "I wish"...........

UTCIAD
GROVES OUT!!!!!!! ROACH IN! I spoke to Joe a few weeks ago and I asked if he was coming back, his response "I wish"........... UTCIAD DansAFCB
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8:06am Thu 22 Nov 12

PaulRaffle says...

Joe nurtured young hopefuls into seriously good footballers with his methods. The proof is there to see. Absolute top man, and overflowing with integrity.
Joe nurtured young hopefuls into seriously good footballers with his methods. The proof is there to see. Absolute top man, and overflowing with integrity. PaulRaffle
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8:32am Thu 22 Nov 12

Wilkie says...

Come on Eddie M, get rid of the two muppets permanently and get Joe Roach back in to manage the youths.
Come on Eddie M, get rid of the two muppets permanently and get Joe Roach back in to manage the youths. Wilkie
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8:58am Thu 22 Nov 12

boyerboy says...

DansAFCB wrote:
GROVES OUT!!!!!!! ROACH IN!

I spoke to Joe a few weeks ago and I asked if he was coming back, his response "I wish"...........

UTCIAD
Joe should come back...how about in a supervisory role ? - supervising the two clowns to make sure they are cutting the grass/sweeping up etc.
[quote][p][bold]DansAFCB[/bold] wrote: GROVES OUT!!!!!!! ROACH IN! I spoke to Joe a few weeks ago and I asked if he was coming back, his response "I wish"........... UTCIAD[/p][/quote]Joe should come back...how about in a supervisory role ? - supervising the two clowns to make sure they are cutting the grass/sweeping up etc. boyerboy
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9:57am Thu 22 Nov 12

Square Old Codger says...

PaulRaffle wrote:
Joe nurtured young hopefuls into seriously good footballers with his methods. The proof is there to see. Absolute top man, and overflowing with integrity.
Absolutely agree with you, simplely one of the best both as a Coach and as a man. It would complete the picture , were he to replace the "deadly dou" , we might really be going somewhere then.With the odds so strongly in favour of the "big" Clubs these days, you need a man of his calibre to find and keep the lads.
[quote][p][bold]PaulRaffle[/bold] wrote: Joe nurtured young hopefuls into seriously good footballers with his methods. The proof is there to see. Absolute top man, and overflowing with integrity.[/p][/quote]Absolutely agree with you, simplely one of the best both as a Coach and as a man. It would complete the picture , were he to replace the "deadly dou" , we might really be going somewhere then.With the odds so strongly in favour of the "big" Clubs these days, you need a man of his calibre to find and keep the lads. Square Old Codger
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10:09am Thu 22 Nov 12

nonnogeppetto says...

Wouldn't it be great if we had Joe back. Very experienced and well liked coach.

These are the major ingredients for promotion into the championship. I hope that in the not too distant future we read of his return. UTCIAD
Wouldn't it be great if we had Joe back. Very experienced and well liked coach. These are the major ingredients for promotion into the championship. I hope that in the not too distant future we read of his return. UTCIAD nonnogeppetto
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10:09am Thu 22 Nov 12

Afcbpete says...

Square Old Codger wrote:
PaulRaffle wrote:
Joe nurtured young hopefuls into seriously good footballers with his methods. The proof is there to see. Absolute top man, and overflowing with integrity.
Absolutely agree with you, simplely one of the best both as a Coach and as a man. It would complete the picture , were he to replace the "deadly dou" , we might really be going somewhere then.With the odds so strongly in favour of the "big" Clubs these days, you need a man of his calibre to find and keep the lads.
Spot on!!! Bring back Roach!!!
[quote][p][bold]Square Old Codger[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]PaulRaffle[/bold] wrote: Joe nurtured young hopefuls into seriously good footballers with his methods. The proof is there to see. Absolute top man, and overflowing with integrity.[/p][/quote]Absolutely agree with you, simplely one of the best both as a Coach and as a man. It would complete the picture , were he to replace the "deadly dou" , we might really be going somewhere then.With the odds so strongly in favour of the "big" Clubs these days, you need a man of his calibre to find and keep the lads.[/p][/quote]Spot on!!! Bring back Roach!!! Afcbpete
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10:09am Thu 22 Nov 12

The Renegade Master says...

Groves & Brooks out.
Roach in.
Groves & Brooks out. Roach in. The Renegade Master
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10:12am Thu 22 Nov 12

elite50 says...

O.k. E.M.,
You saw the error of your ways and brought back E.H., How about really doing the right thing and bring back Joe Roach.
You have the "up-front" men, all you need now is the "back-up" man.
Then you can get rid of the "dead wood"!
O.k. E.M., You saw the error of your ways and brought back E.H., How about really doing the right thing and bring back Joe Roach. You have the "up-front" men, all you need now is the "back-up" man. Then you can get rid of the "dead wood"! elite50
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4:25pm Thu 22 Nov 12

Rustyfootballer says...

Simple: Bring back Joe Roach for the good of the club and ultimately the owners, everybody wins. It took a long time to admit Groves was a mistake as manager, lets not wait too long to admit Joe Roach is the right man to lead youth development again.
Simple: Bring back Joe Roach for the good of the club and ultimately the owners, everybody wins. It took a long time to admit Groves was a mistake as manager, lets not wait too long to admit Joe Roach is the right man to lead youth development again. Rustyfootballer
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4:25pm Thu 22 Nov 12

Rustyfootballer says...

Simple: Bring back Joe Roach for the good of the club and ultimately the owners, everybody wins. It took a long time to admit Groves was a mistake as manager, lets not wait too long to admit Joe Roach is the right man to lead youth development again.
Simple: Bring back Joe Roach for the good of the club and ultimately the owners, everybody wins. It took a long time to admit Groves was a mistake as manager, lets not wait too long to admit Joe Roach is the right man to lead youth development again. Rustyfootballer
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4:28pm Thu 22 Nov 12

mrsrat says...

Ferndown Steve, I too hope there is a cunning plan to bring back Joe but he would want those 2 previous numpties out of the way first and I was talking in Legends with one of the guys who have had these 2 blokes foisted on the Youth set-up and 'they are rocking the boat' somewhat.
Ferndown Steve, I too hope there is a cunning plan to bring back Joe but he would want those 2 previous numpties out of the way first and I was talking in Legends with one of the guys who have had these 2 blokes foisted on the Youth set-up and 'they are rocking the boat' somewhat. mrsrat
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4:56pm Thu 22 Nov 12

lionheart says...

If true and any outstanding transfer money owed to Bristol City, if there is any, isn't included in the deal, then £60k is a steal
If true and any outstanding transfer money owed to Bristol City, if there is any, isn't included in the deal, then £60k is a steal lionheart
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5:17pm Thu 22 Nov 12

Nat1234 says...

I think it's a bad signing ... I think he's lazy and he also sulks a lot .. I hope I'm wrong but this is the worst thing Eddie has done since coming back , would of preferred BARNARD signing ..
I think it's a bad signing ... I think he's lazy and he also sulks a lot .. I hope I'm wrong but this is the worst thing Eddie has done since coming back , would of preferred BARNARD signing .. Nat1234
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5:18pm Thu 22 Nov 12

Nat1234 says...

I think it's a bad signing ... I think he's lazy and he also sulks a lot .. I hope I'm wrong but this is the worst thing Eddie has done since coming back , would of preferred BARNARD signing ..
I think it's a bad signing ... I think he's lazy and he also sulks a lot .. I hope I'm wrong but this is the worst thing Eddie has done since coming back , would of preferred BARNARD signing .. Nat1234
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2:23am Sat 24 Nov 12

Dont have short memorys says...

Nat 1234 your right he was lazy but he was an automatic choice because we had nobody better Thats not the case now he will have to play for his place lets hope the young man has learned from his previous mistakes because there is no doubt that he is a gifted player
Nat 1234 your right he was lazy but he was an automatic choice because we had nobody better Thats not the case now he will have to play for his place lets hope the young man has learned from his previous mistakes because there is no doubt that he is a gifted player Dont have short memorys
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