AFC Bournemouth: Pitman hails Howe's management skills

STRIKER: Brett Pitman

STRIKER: Brett Pitman

First published in Sport Bournemouth Echo: Photograph of the Author by

BRETT Pitman says Eddie Howe’s unstinting work ethic and man-management skills have been fundamental to his success as Cherries boss.

Striker Pitman has been a key figure in the club’s rapid rise from the depths of League Two to the Championship under Howe’s stewardship.

The 25-year-old, who was sold to Bristol City and bought back by Howe, led the goal charts when Cherries avoided relegation in 2009 and during their two promotion campaigns.

Pitman also netted the first goal of Howe’s permanent reign as manager, his strike paving the way for a crucial 3-1 win over Wycombe in the Great Escape season.

The Jerseyman, in an interview with the Daily Echo to mark Howe’s fifth anniversary in management, said: “I played with him before he got the job and also worked with him when he became a coach under Kevin Bond.

“I was pleased when he was appointed because I thought he would give me a chance and that is how it turned out. I played every game bar one in my first spell here.

“When someone so young gets the job, you are never sure how they will fare, especially as we were near the bottom of the league and had no money. But it was testament to how hard he works and how diligent he is that we stayed up and then got promoted the following season.

“He wants us to improve and instils a tremendous work ethic in us. He knows the right time to put an arm around players and the right time to come down on them to put them in line. We have a good squad, we work hard together and that comes from him and Jason (Tindall).

“I have enjoyed working with him. There have been times when he has had a go at me and times when he has helped me, like with all the players. The main thing is he wants to work on the training ground.”

Asked how far he felt Howe could take the club, Pitman replied: “First and foremost, we have to establish ourselves which I think we are doing.

“His record, especially here, speaks for itself and with his ability as a manager, I am sure he will manage in the Premier League. Hopefully, that will be with us.”

  • Newly-appointed youth team bosses Joe Roach and Carl Fletcher will oversee their first game in charge when Cherries visit Gosport Borough tonight.

The duo are set to take the youth team to Privett Park for a Hampshire Senior Cup quarter-final clash (7.45pm).

Cherries reached the final of the competition last season but suffered defeat at the hands of Alresford at Dean Court.

Admission prices are set at £12 for adults, £8 for concessions and £4 for under-16s.
Children under 12 years of age can gain free entry if accompanied by a paying adult.

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1:05pm Tue 21 Jan 14

ASM says...

sounds like someone want to play against the mighty liverpoooooooooool. I agree about EH and JT being special
sounds like someone want to play against the mighty liverpoooooooooool. I agree about EH and JT being special ASM
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2:56pm Tue 21 Jan 14

abc100 says...

£12 quid to get in at Privet park, I've played there loads of times, it must of changed a lot to warrant that price!!!!
£12 quid to get in at Privet park, I've played there loads of times, it must of changed a lot to warrant that price!!!! abc100
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4:21pm Tue 21 Jan 14

4stands says...

He doesn't need to be such a creep!!!
He doesn't need to be such a creep!!! 4stands
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5:37pm Tue 21 Jan 14

mossy 1 says...

abc100 wrote:
£12 quid to get in at Privet park, I've played there loads of times, it must of changed a lot to warrant that price!!!!
And to think it was only £10 to watch the FIRST XI in the FA cup proper third round!
[quote][p][bold]abc100[/bold] wrote: £12 quid to get in at Privet park, I've played there loads of times, it must of changed a lot to warrant that price!!!![/p][/quote]And to think it was only £10 to watch the FIRST XI in the FA cup proper third round! mossy 1
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5:44pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Cherryfan says...

Creeping to your boss in the press doen't necessarily mean he will pick you Brett!
Creeping to your boss in the press doen't necessarily mean he will pick you Brett! Cherryfan
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7:42pm Tue 21 Jan 14

West moors 1 says...

All the fans are wishing a new striker will be signed in this transfer window to help Grabbon up front because we all recognise pitman and Rantie are not good enough for the championship. If EH thinks otherwise we are in trouble. Credit where credit due, pitman takes a great penalty.
All the fans are wishing a new striker will be signed in this transfer window to help Grabbon up front because we all recognise pitman and Rantie are not good enough for the championship. If EH thinks otherwise we are in trouble. Credit where credit due, pitman takes a great penalty. West moors 1
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12:24am Wed 22 Jan 14

ASM says...

West moors 1 wrote:
All the fans are wishing a new striker will be signed in this transfer window to help Grabbon up front because we all recognise pitman and Rantie are not good enough for the championship. If EH thinks otherwise we are in trouble. Credit where credit due, pitman takes a great penalty.
i remember him toe punting them right in the middle of the goal, he missed one this season too. grabban is better at pens
[quote][p][bold]West moors 1[/bold] wrote: All the fans are wishing a new striker will be signed in this transfer window to help Grabbon up front because we all recognise pitman and Rantie are not good enough for the championship. If EH thinks otherwise we are in trouble. Credit where credit due, pitman takes a great penalty.[/p][/quote]i remember him toe punting them right in the middle of the goal, he missed one this season too. grabban is better at pens ASM
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12:24am Wed 22 Jan 14

ASM says...

West moors 1 wrote:
All the fans are wishing a new striker will be signed in this transfer window to help Grabbon up front because we all recognise pitman and Rantie are not good enough for the championship. If EH thinks otherwise we are in trouble. Credit where credit due, pitman takes a great penalty.
i remember him toe punting them right in the middle of the goal, he missed one this season too. grabban is better at pens
[quote][p][bold]West moors 1[/bold] wrote: All the fans are wishing a new striker will be signed in this transfer window to help Grabbon up front because we all recognise pitman and Rantie are not good enough for the championship. If EH thinks otherwise we are in trouble. Credit where credit due, pitman takes a great penalty.[/p][/quote]i remember him toe punting them right in the middle of the goal, he missed one this season too. grabban is better at pens ASM
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