AFC Bournemouth: Howe wants to restart Dean Court conveyor belt

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BOSS Eddie Howe believes casting his net to bolster the Cherries development squad will be the next step towards restarting the Dean Court conveyor belt.

Howe added to his resources during the January transfer window by signing three talented teenagers – Josh O’Hanlon, Ben Whitfield and Jonathan Muleba.

Their respective arrivals followed a restructure of Howe’s backroom staff with Joe Roach appointed head of youth and Carl Fletcher youth team manager.

Roach, during his first spell in the post, was responsible for unearthing a host of young prospects – including current Burnley strikers Danny Ings and Sam Vokes, who have forged one of the most prolific partnership in the Football League this season.

Striker O’Hanlon, versatile frontman Whitfield and defender Muleba all featured during a midweek reserve game against Brighton with Howe, assistant Jason Tindall and development squad coach Stephen Purches looking on at Canford.

Howe told the Daily Echo: “We didn’t bring in these players with a view to blocking the pathway of our young players. We did it to enhance their development. If you want strength in depth and a good youth structure, you have to have a strong development squad.

“You are never going to develop players when you only have four or five training together. You need a stronger squad so we had to increase the numbers. We didn’t think the strength was there in the youth team at the moment to push those lads through so we had to recruit.

“The standard of training will no doubt increase with the quality of player and also the number of players and will give us a much better chance to bring through players in the longer term.”

Howe, a product of the club’s youth set up under Sean O’Driscoll, has already exceeded the 12-month expectancy of the tenure of a Championship manager.

He added: “The importance of bringing through players is nothing to do with my lifespan as manager because I have to do what is best for the football club. You have to plan long term and that is behind everything we do.

“We can’t afford to continue to purchase players and need to develop our own, like we have in previous years and days gone by. That is where we are trying to get to again.

“I see the importance of that and am fortunate the people above me and the board support me because I think it will help us. The lads we have brought in are talented and I think they all have a chance, individually, to have a good career in the game so, hopefully, that will benefit everybody.”

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6:37am Sat 15 Feb 14

PaulRaffle says...

Good idea to get the infrastructure right to prepare for our future. We are so fortunate to have the leadership of Eddie, Jason, Joe , Carl and Steve on the field, ably supported by their assistants, and the guidance and financial support of our Board of Directors.
It's the best group of leaders we have had for many years.
Good idea to get the infrastructure right to prepare for our future. We are so fortunate to have the leadership of Eddie, Jason, Joe , Carl and Steve on the field, ably supported by their assistants, and the guidance and financial support of our Board of Directors. It's the best group of leaders we have had for many years. PaulRaffle

7:32am Sat 15 Feb 14

Nat1234 says...

PaulRaffle wrote:
Good idea to get the infrastructure right to prepare for our future. We are so fortunate to have the leadership of Eddie, Jason, Joe , Carl and Steve on the field, ably supported by their assistants, and the guidance and financial support of our Board of Directors.
It's the best group of leaders we have had for many years.
Not many years , it's the best group ever in the history of afcb ..
[quote][p][bold]PaulRaffle[/bold] wrote: Good idea to get the infrastructure right to prepare for our future. We are so fortunate to have the leadership of Eddie, Jason, Joe , Carl and Steve on the field, ably supported by their assistants, and the guidance and financial support of our Board of Directors. It's the best group of leaders we have had for many years.[/p][/quote]Not many years , it's the best group ever in the history of afcb .. Nat1234

8:10am Sat 15 Feb 14

Nat1234 says...

DOES ANYONE KNOW HOW THE PITCH INSPECTION WENT ?
DOES ANYONE KNOW HOW THE PITCH INSPECTION WENT ? Nat1234

8:19am Sat 15 Feb 14

Lowe-Ryder says...

Nat1234 wrote:
DOES ANYONE KNOW HOW THE PITCH INSPECTION WENT ?
The game is ON - I'm surprised as well...
[quote][p][bold]Nat1234[/bold] wrote: DOES ANYONE KNOW HOW THE PITCH INSPECTION WENT ?[/p][/quote]The game is ON - I'm surprised as well... Lowe-Ryder

10:03am Sat 15 Feb 14

canfordcherry says...

Lowe-Ryder wrote:
Nat1234 wrote:
DOES ANYONE KNOW HOW THE PITCH INSPECTION WENT ?
The game is ON - I'm surprised as well...
After seeing the pictures on local tv news last night I'm amazed it's been passed fit.
[quote][p][bold]Lowe-Ryder[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nat1234[/bold] wrote: DOES ANYONE KNOW HOW THE PITCH INSPECTION WENT ?[/p][/quote]The game is ON - I'm surprised as well...[/p][/quote]After seeing the pictures on local tv news last night I'm amazed it's been passed fit. canfordcherry

10:22am Sat 15 Feb 14

Square Old Codger says...

It's been great to see the Club being rebuilt on sound foundations, Joe back to find the stars of the future, bright young talent being brought in, a restructure of the financial structure of the Club and it being run on a professional basis.Eddie will complete the rebuilding of the Squad in the Summer and we should look forward to next Season with some confidence. The missing piece in the cross word puzzle is the ground, will we ever be able to get back the ownership of it and increase capacity to 20,000? Or is that a step too far, Like others rather surprised that we have a game today, after a night as wild as last nights.
It's been great to see the Club being rebuilt on sound foundations, Joe back to find the stars of the future, bright young talent being brought in, a restructure of the financial structure of the Club and it being run on a professional basis.Eddie will complete the rebuilding of the Squad in the Summer and we should look forward to next Season with some confidence. The missing piece in the cross word puzzle is the ground, will we ever be able to get back the ownership of it and increase capacity to 20,000? Or is that a step too far, Like others rather surprised that we have a game today, after a night as wild as last nights. Square Old Codger

10:33am Sat 15 Feb 14

devon fan says...

this is one thing I agree with Eddie on, but when we sign them we must provide them with matches to play sending them all out on loan is not the answer, with regard to the pitch it always used to be a very fast drying pitch, it is strange when we are having a high profile cup game to be shown on television we have the forsight to cover the pitch, but for a league gmae the same detail to get the game on is not applied, could be a case of we have the money in we can replay this match anytime, perhaps the League shpold look more closely at each postponment and in cases were it could have been prevented dock apoint from the home club, I think we would not see game so readily called off
this is one thing I agree with Eddie on, but when we sign them we must provide them with matches to play sending them all out on loan is not the answer, with regard to the pitch it always used to be a very fast drying pitch, it is strange when we are having a high profile cup game to be shown on television we have the forsight to cover the pitch, but for a league gmae the same detail to get the game on is not applied, could be a case of we have the money in we can replay this match anytime, perhaps the League shpold look more closely at each postponment and in cases were it could have been prevented dock apoint from the home club, I think we would not see game so readily called off devon fan

11:42am Sat 15 Feb 14

B'mth 56 says...

devon fan wrote:
this is one thing I agree with Eddie on, but when we sign them we must provide them with matches to play sending them all out on loan is not the answer, with regard to the pitch it always used to be a very fast drying pitch, it is strange when we are having a high profile cup game to be shown on television we have the forsight to cover the pitch, but for a league gmae the same detail to get the game on is not applied, could be a case of we have the money in we can replay this match anytime, perhaps the League shpold look more closely at each postponment and in cases were it could have been prevented dock apoint from the home club, I think we would not see game so readily called off
Perhaps it was the tv company who paid the costs of covering the pitch in order to ensure that everything that could be done to get the game on was done. Possibly not feasible for AFCB to do the same every time a storm is forecast.
[quote][p][bold]devon fan[/bold] wrote: this is one thing I agree with Eddie on, but when we sign them we must provide them with matches to play sending them all out on loan is not the answer, with regard to the pitch it always used to be a very fast drying pitch, it is strange when we are having a high profile cup game to be shown on television we have the forsight to cover the pitch, but for a league gmae the same detail to get the game on is not applied, could be a case of we have the money in we can replay this match anytime, perhaps the League shpold look more closely at each postponment and in cases were it could have been prevented dock apoint from the home club, I think we would not see game so readily called off[/p][/quote]Perhaps it was the tv company who paid the costs of covering the pitch in order to ensure that everything that could be done to get the game on was done. Possibly not feasible for AFCB to do the same every time a storm is forecast. B'mth 56

1:11pm Sat 15 Feb 14

ASM says...

spot on codge'. If you had loads of money would you rent a house? maybe. Rome wasn't built in a day, maybe Denim is being very patient with his investment and watch things like average gates and first establish stability in this division.
With things as they are (Howe in charge and Denim on board) I can see cherries having a long bright future in the championship. Smaller clubs like Wigan have enjoyed lengthy spells in the premiership, but at what cost to the owner?
I think a slow cautious approach is the best for us, Plymouth are an example of a club trying to rush success. I think we are much better run than they have ever been in the last 15 years.
spot on codge'. If you had loads of money would you rent a house? maybe. Rome wasn't built in a day, maybe Denim is being very patient with his investment and watch things like average gates and first establish stability in this division. With things as they are (Howe in charge and Denim on board) I can see cherries having a long bright future in the championship. Smaller clubs like Wigan have enjoyed lengthy spells in the premiership, but at what cost to the owner? I think a slow cautious approach is the best for us, Plymouth are an example of a club trying to rush success. I think we are much better run than they have ever been in the last 15 years. ASM

9:33pm Sat 15 Feb 14

pete woodley says...

AFCB would never be, unfortunately, able to support a premier division wage bill.
AFCB would never be, unfortunately, able to support a premier division wage bill. pete woodley

8:56am Mon 17 Feb 14

cheeriedriteup says...

B'mth 56 wrote:
devon fan wrote:
this is one thing I agree with Eddie on, but when we sign them we must provide them with matches to play sending them all out on loan is not the answer, with regard to the pitch it always used to be a very fast drying pitch, it is strange when we are having a high profile cup game to be shown on television we have the forsight to cover the pitch, but for a league gmae the same detail to get the game on is not applied, could be a case of we have the money in we can replay this match anytime, perhaps the League shpold look more closely at each postponment and in cases were it could have been prevented dock apoint from the home club, I think we would not see game so readily called off
Perhaps it was the tv company who paid the costs of covering the pitch in order to ensure that everything that could be done to get the game on was done. Possibly not feasible for AFCB to do the same every time a storm is forecast.
Indeed it was , there is little financial layout for the club in these high profile televised games, the FA pay for the digital advertising and TV paid for the covering
[quote][p][bold]B'mth 56[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]devon fan[/bold] wrote: this is one thing I agree with Eddie on, but when we sign them we must provide them with matches to play sending them all out on loan is not the answer, with regard to the pitch it always used to be a very fast drying pitch, it is strange when we are having a high profile cup game to be shown on television we have the forsight to cover the pitch, but for a league gmae the same detail to get the game on is not applied, could be a case of we have the money in we can replay this match anytime, perhaps the League shpold look more closely at each postponment and in cases were it could have been prevented dock apoint from the home club, I think we would not see game so readily called off[/p][/quote]Perhaps it was the tv company who paid the costs of covering the pitch in order to ensure that everything that could be done to get the game on was done. Possibly not feasible for AFCB to do the same every time a storm is forecast.[/p][/quote]Indeed it was , there is little financial layout for the club in these high profile televised games, the FA pay for the digital advertising and TV paid for the covering cheeriedriteup

9:46am Mon 17 Feb 14

60's cherries fan says...

Square Old Codger wrote:
It's been great to see the Club being rebuilt on sound foundations, Joe back to find the stars of the future, bright young talent being brought in, a restructure of the financial structure of the Club and it being run on a professional basis.Eddie will complete the rebuilding of the Squad in the Summer and we should look forward to next Season with some confidence. The missing piece in the cross word puzzle is the ground, will we ever be able to get back the ownership of it and increase capacity to 20,000? Or is that a step too far, Like others rather surprised that we have a game today, after a night as wild as last nights.
What would be the point of a bigger stadium, other than to allow more away fans in. On Saturday Key workers got in for £10/£2 kids against the team second in championship and we still only manage 9,000 ( excludes 1400 from Bourneley)
[quote][p][bold]Square Old Codger[/bold] wrote: It's been great to see the Club being rebuilt on sound foundations, Joe back to find the stars of the future, bright young talent being brought in, a restructure of the financial structure of the Club and it being run on a professional basis.Eddie will complete the rebuilding of the Squad in the Summer and we should look forward to next Season with some confidence. The missing piece in the cross word puzzle is the ground, will we ever be able to get back the ownership of it and increase capacity to 20,000? Or is that a step too far, Like others rather surprised that we have a game today, after a night as wild as last nights.[/p][/quote]What would be the point of a bigger stadium, other than to allow more away fans in. On Saturday Key workers got in for £10/£2 kids against the team second in championship and we still only manage 9,000 ( excludes 1400 from Bourneley) 60's cherries fan

9:46am Mon 17 Feb 14

60's cherries fan says...

Square Old Codger wrote:
It's been great to see the Club being rebuilt on sound foundations, Joe back to find the stars of the future, bright young talent being brought in, a restructure of the financial structure of the Club and it being run on a professional basis.Eddie will complete the rebuilding of the Squad in the Summer and we should look forward to next Season with some confidence. The missing piece in the cross word puzzle is the ground, will we ever be able to get back the ownership of it and increase capacity to 20,000? Or is that a step too far, Like others rather surprised that we have a game today, after a night as wild as last nights.
What would be the point of a bigger stadium, other than to allow more away fans in. On Saturday Key workers got in for £10/£2 kids against the team second in championship and we still only manage 9,000 ( excludes 1400 from Bourneley)
[quote][p][bold]Square Old Codger[/bold] wrote: It's been great to see the Club being rebuilt on sound foundations, Joe back to find the stars of the future, bright young talent being brought in, a restructure of the financial structure of the Club and it being run on a professional basis.Eddie will complete the rebuilding of the Squad in the Summer and we should look forward to next Season with some confidence. The missing piece in the cross word puzzle is the ground, will we ever be able to get back the ownership of it and increase capacity to 20,000? Or is that a step too far, Like others rather surprised that we have a game today, after a night as wild as last nights.[/p][/quote]What would be the point of a bigger stadium, other than to allow more away fans in. On Saturday Key workers got in for £10/£2 kids against the team second in championship and we still only manage 9,000 ( excludes 1400 from Bourneley) 60's cherries fan

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