AFC Bournemouth: Support staff have played key role says Howe

Bournemouth Echo: SKIPPER: Tommy Elphick SKIPPER: Tommy Elphick

MANAGER Eddie Howe and skipper Tommy Elphick have highlighted the vital role played by the Cherries support staff over the hectic festive period.

Physio Steve Hard and head of sports science Dan Hodges, together with their respective teams, helped the squad prepare for four games in 12 days – a period Cherries came through unbeaten.

Howe told the Daily Echo: “It was a key time of year. It is not about training or doing too much work between games, it is about recovery and making sure the players are ready to go again.

“We like to think we are at the cutting edge of science and do most things correctly to try to get the marginal gains you need to reproduce another performance. Our backroom staff are key to that and I think they have been excellent.”

Elphick heaped praise on the medical and support staff for helping team-mate Elliott Ward come through the gruelling period following a month out injured.

He said: “Wardy is modern in his approach to the game in terms of nutrition, fitness and the way he looks after himself. He is a great professional and leaves no stone unturned with that.

“It was not only credit to him but to the fitness coaches who got him back. I don’t think the plan was for him to come back so quickly but, when the situation arose with Steve Cook’s injury, he was ready, just like anyone would have been. He jumped at the opportunity and fitted in seamlessly.”

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10:04am Mon 6 Jan 14

Square Old Codger says...

Good to see some praise and light shewn on the hard work by the "support team" vital to any succesful business. Hargreaves would be a loss, but you can't stand in the way of a good man progressing his career, but I hope he stays. A lovely gesture by supporters to pay for the Bury fans transport to the rearranged game, well done to the person who thought of it and instigated it all, a credit to the Club and it's fans. I rather felt for the young West Ham fan yesterday, inconsolable as his team was "hammered" by Notts Forest, football is an emotional game for so many and a nice move by the Club's Directors to invite the lad and his Father to the Director's Box for the next home match. Who says that there is no sentiment in the game these days. Can't see Liverpool making the mistake of playing a weakened team against us, should we go through though next Tuesday..
Good to see some praise and light shewn on the hard work by the "support team" vital to any succesful business. Hargreaves would be a loss, but you can't stand in the way of a good man progressing his career, but I hope he stays. A lovely gesture by supporters to pay for the Bury fans transport to the rearranged game, well done to the person who thought of it and instigated it all, a credit to the Club and it's fans. I rather felt for the young West Ham fan yesterday, inconsolable as his team was "hammered" by Notts Forest, football is an emotional game for so many and a nice move by the Club's Directors to invite the lad and his Father to the Director's Box for the next home match. Who says that there is no sentiment in the game these days. Can't see Liverpool making the mistake of playing a weakened team against us, should we go through though next Tuesday.. Square Old Codger

11:39am Mon 6 Jan 14

dekayedcherry says...

Well said SOC, excellent post. Sad to see that the Echo has not made any comment yet of the passing of Eusebio who died yesterday aged 71yrs,
I was fortunate enough to see him play "live" for Benfica against Man.Utd.in the European Cup Final in the late 1960 's @ Wembley Stadium. "The Black Pearl" as he was known was magnificent in a terrific game of football that flowed end to end with Eusebio being a constant threat to United who went on to win. Man. Utd.had the great George Best and Bobby Charlton in a star studded side playing that night. A truly "great" player who scored 733 goals in 745 games and here's hoping our own "Black Pearl" Tokelo Rantie can be inspired by the Legend that was Eusebio and go an emulate some of his success.
Well said SOC, excellent post. Sad to see that the Echo has not made any comment yet of the passing of Eusebio who died yesterday aged 71yrs, I was fortunate enough to see him play "live" for Benfica against Man.Utd.in the European Cup Final in the late 1960 's @ Wembley Stadium. "The Black Pearl" as he was known was magnificent in a terrific game of football that flowed end to end with Eusebio being a constant threat to United who went on to win. Man. Utd.had the great George Best and Bobby Charlton in a star studded side playing that night. A truly "great" player who scored 733 goals in 745 games and here's hoping our own "Black Pearl" Tokelo Rantie can be inspired by the Legend that was Eusebio and go an emulate some of his success. dekayedcherry

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