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AFC Bournemouth: Cup cash bonanza will not alter Howe's plans
CHERRIES boss Eddie Howe insisted he would be sticking to his FA Cup game-plan despite the lure of a potential £250,000 cash windfall.
The bonanza will be up for grabs for the victors when Cherries host Burton in their rearranged third round tie at Dean Court on Tuesday.
With a visit from Premier League Liverpool at stake, the clash has been chosen for live television and will be shown by ITV on January 25 (12.45pm).
As a result, both clubs stand to receive a broadcast fee of £144,000, while the winners of the third round match will bank £67,500 in prize money plus 45 per cent of the net gate receipts.
Howe has already stated the FA Cup is not his main priority but has also said he will be taking the competition “very seriously”.
And while he was expected to make changes for Saturday’s showdown with the Brewers – which was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch – Howe said he had no plans to change his approach for the restaged game.
He told the Daily Echo: “We prepare for every game to give the best performance we can and to win, regardless of who we are playing. We prepared for Saturday’s tie the same way as we would have for a league game.
“I was planning to rotate the squad but with players who won promotion from League One last season. I have been tweaking things throughout the season, using different players for different games, so I am sure it will be no different for Burton.
“The end result is that we desperately want to win for all sorts of reasons. We want to progress in the cup and there is a financial reward at the end of it.
“I don’t think you can ever prepare for a game thinking about money. It is never about that for coaches or players. You want to take pride in your preparation and performance and they are the key things we look at. We will be doing everything we can to win for the good of the club and for the supporters.”
Meanwhile, Howe said he was pondering whether or not to replace first-team coach Chris Hargreaves, who is the new manager of Torquay.
Howe said: “We will take a little time to see how things develop. Jason (Tindall) and myself are very hands-on so I wouldn’t say there is a necessity to fill the role but it is something we will look at. We do have someone in mind.”
Cherries have again declined to comment on suggestions Paul Groves and Shaun Brooks have left their respective posts as youth team manager and head of youth.
However, a reshuffle has seen Tom Mitchell appointed manager of youth football operations, with his previous position as director of football scrapped. He remains a director of the company.
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