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AFC Bournemouth: Cherries boss Eddie Howe is an inspiration says chairman Jeff Mostyn
Speaking 12 months on from Howe’s Dean Court return, Mostyn gave his verdict on the Cherries boss and hailed him as an “inspirational” figure.
Howe has masterminded Cherries’ remarkable rise from League One strugglers to Championship contenders since succeeding Paul Groves in the hot-seat.
In his first stint at the helm, Howe defied the odds to guide Cherries to the Greatest Escape in 2009 before leading the team to promotion from League Two the following year.
And after Cherries struck a compensation package with Burnley a year ago today, Howe left Turf Moor to dramatically revive the Dorset outfit’s fortunes for a second time.
Mostyn told the Daily Echo: “For whatever reason, to me it is a marriage made in heaven.
“He has been at the football club – with the two notable excep tions at Portsmouth and Burnley – since he was 11. The club, the supporters and the town love Eddie. And the reverse can be said – Eddie loves the football club, the supporters and the town.
“He is a local lad and you could just sense on the day he came back that it was like the prodigal son returning.
“There was an immediate upsurge of energy around the football club from the boardroom, the staff and the players.
“There was a level of expectation that he brought which was a realistic level of expectation.
“Often, you get a new manager and there is a level of expectation, but it doesn’t always happen.
“In Eddie’s case, for whatever reason, you knew it was going to happen. I think we had won one game out of the first 13 and then, suddenly, we only lost two out of the next 20.”
Taking on a team with one win and eight points from their opening 11 League One matches, Howe oversaw 23 victories in Cherries’ final 35 third tier fixtures to become the first manager in the club’s history to achieve two promotions.
Giving his views on the keys to that transformation, Mostyn added: “I think it comes down to the fact that Eddie just has this insatiable appetite to learn about the game and he is so articulate that he puts his thoughts and coaching ideas into practice in a way that I find inspirational.
"I find it inspirational just listening to him and I have no doubt that the players find it inspirational as well.”
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