AFC Bournemouth: Former England international Anderton hails Howe's impact

Bournemouth Echo: ALL SMILES: Darren Anderton in his Dean Court days ALL SMILES: Darren Anderton in his Dean Court days

CHERRIES favourite and former England international Darren Anderton reckons Eddie Howe’s methodical approach has proved the cornerstone of the club’s meteoric renaissance.

Anderton, a player at Dean Court when Howe first took up a coaching position under Kevin Bond in 2006, hailed Cherries’ transformation from the struggling club he left five years ago to a competitive force in the Championship.

And after spotting the Cherries manager’s traits during that initial transition to the backroom, Howe’s unparalleled success has come as no shock to the former Tottenham Hotspur winger.

Discussing Cherries’ upturn in fortunes, Anderton told the Daily Echo: “It is great to see Bournemouth enjoying life in the Championship and holding their own.

“It is not surprising because they have a lot of good players and a very good manager in Eddie Howe.

“He was a player when I came. The squad was so small and the facilities were a bit different but you could see coaching was something he loved and enjoyed.

“As a player, Eddie was always a very organised, thorough professional who trained brilliantly and did everything whole-heartedly. You can see he has clearly impressed those values on his players.

“You could see he always had a very good chance (in management) because of his mentality. He always wanted to do it and it was no surprise to see him do so well.

“After I left, I stayed in touch with a lot of the boys and they spoke very highly of him. There was a buzz about them and Eddie's impact was instant.”

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3:45pm Wed 19 Feb 14

afcbtintin says...

Nice piece

UTCIAD
Nice piece UTCIAD afcbtintin

5:35pm Wed 19 Feb 14

raybren says...

Liked Anderton , despite his career in the higher echelons he always gave his all for us and showed how much he loved the game . Could do with a few of his free kicks now .
Liked Anderton , despite his career in the higher echelons he always gave his all for us and showed how much he loved the game . Could do with a few of his free kicks now . raybren

5:00am Thu 20 Feb 14

ASM says...

class player, he looked a cut above the rest when he was here and single handedly won us games. It would be good if we could add an old experienced class players like him to the squad, but they are highly sought after and fashionable these day
class player, he looked a cut above the rest when he was here and single handedly won us games. It would be good if we could add an old experienced class players like him to the squad, but they are highly sought after and fashionable these day ASM

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