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AFC Bournemouth: Cherries chairman Jeff Mostyn hopes to hold on to Eddie Howe
CHAIRMAN Jeff Mostyn is hoping Cherries can continue to match Eddie Howe’s ambitions – as he believes the boss has skills which will make him a wanted man.
Mostyn labelled Cherries and Howe a “marriage made in heaven” as the manager recently celebrated the first 12 months of his second spell in charge of the club.
Howe is widely regarded as one of the country’s leading young coaching talents after building a big reputation during two successful stints in the Cherries hot-seat.
The 35-year-old has continued to earn plaudits this season for Cherries’ promising start to life in the Championship and his team’s stylish brand of football.
And Mostyn, an FA Council member who also sits on the Football League’s board of directors, admits Howe attracts interest.
Mostyn told the Daily Echo: “I was at a Football League board meeting recently and two of the directors said to me ‘Are you going to be able to keep him?’ That is the question people ask me everywhere I go. People are interested in Eddie because he sits at the top of the pile.
“He is young, he is articulate and he has this insatiable appetite to learn about all aspects of the game. He works hard to improve his own techniques and coaching strategies.
“He is highly motivational, he has a great work ethic and he is respected by the players, the coaches and the staff. He is a perfectionist and he is innovative. If you add up all those ingredients, he is going to be the desire of most football clubs.
“We will hopefully achieve everything that he wants to achieve and, as a consequence of that, we hope that the marriage will continue.”
Mostyn also praised the work of Cherries’ backroom and office staff.
He added: “We are all aware that we have an amazing debt to Eddie Howe for the success on the pitch.
“The past 12 months have been fundamental in the changes and the success on and off the pitch, and we have to keep striving to ensure that we provide Eddie with the right support and ensure that the boys are given a chance.
“What we are trying to do is also make sure that the people off the pitch are given the same opportunities to express their skills as Eddie allows his players to express their skills on the pitch. All the staff have worked incredibly hard to get the club where it is today. It has been an amazing team effort.”
Meanwhile, Mostyn is taking part in the BUPA Great South Run on Sunday in memory of former Cherries manager John Bond. Mostyn is raising money for Prostate Cancer UK.
For sponsorship information, visit justgiving.com/jeff-mostyn.
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