AFC Bournemouth: Cherries boss Eddie Howe and right-back Simon Francis nominated for Football League gongs

NOMINATED: Cherries boss Eddie Howe

NOMINATED: Cherries boss Eddie Howe

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CHERRIES have had their blistering run of form recognised by the Football League with boss Eddie Howe and defender Simon Francis shortlisted for monthly awards.

The Dean Court outfit took the Championship by storm during March with six wins and five clean sheets from eight league matches, the run completed with first-half hammerings of Leeds United and Birmingham City.

That fine form prompted league chiefs to nominate Howe, pictured, for the Manager of the Month Award alongside Leicester City’s Nigel Pearson, Sean Dyche of Burnley and Paul Dickov, who has overseen a resurgence at Doncaster Rovers in recent weeks.

If Howe wins, it will be his first award in the second tier and will provide a welcome addition to the League One accolades picked up in December and April last season.

And there could be cause for a double celebration as right-back Francis, ever-present in all competitions this season, has a chance of scooping the Player of the Month gong.

Francis’s form shot to prominence during Cherries’ 4-1 trouncing of Leeds a fortnight ago when he provided the assists for three goals within the first half-an-hour.

Watford striker Troy Deeney, who struck six goals in six league matches during March, has also been put forward alongside Ipswich Town defender Christophe Berra and Queens Park Rangers loan star Ravel Morrison, who netted five times inside last month.

The judging panel for the manager’s award is chaired by former Football League boss Dave Bassett, while ex-Wolves striker Don Goodman plays a part in selecting winners for both categories.

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6:36am Thu 3 Apr 14

TedMacsCherryPants says...

Well deserved for both men, I hope they fare well with the panel after such a 'magnificent' March and bring those gongs back to the Cherries!
Well deserved for both men, I hope they fare well with the panel after such a 'magnificent' March and bring those gongs back to the Cherries! TedMacsCherryPants
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7:42am Thu 3 Apr 14

rednblack37 says...

Can't see a right-back actually winning the award, but great achievement to even be nominated!
Can't see a right-back actually winning the award, but great achievement to even be nominated! rednblack37
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8:42am Thu 3 Apr 14

TedMacsCherryPants says...

rednblack37 wrote:
Can't see a right-back actually winning the award, but great achievement to even be nominated!
Hopefully he'll get it for his combined defensive and attacking prowess, consistant place in the team all season, and energy!

He's certainly on a lot of peoples player-of-the-year shortlist on here which speaks volumes as there has been plenty of quality competition from other squad members.
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[quote][p][bold]rednblack37[/bold] wrote: Can't see a right-back actually winning the award, but great achievement to even be nominated![/p][/quote]Hopefully he'll get it for his combined defensive and attacking prowess, consistant place in the team all season, and energy! He's certainly on a lot of peoples player-of-the-year shortlist on here which speaks volumes as there has been plenty of quality competition from other squad members. UTC TedMacsCherryPants
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3:45pm Thu 3 Apr 14

golfer33 says...

Impossible, Francis to be player of the year with all those goals we conceded, most of them coming from his side of the pitch. POTY must go to Grabban, with his nonstop running and all the goals he has scored. We wouldnt be where we are today without him.
Impossible, Francis to be player of the year with all those goals we conceded, most of them coming from his side of the pitch. POTY must go to Grabban, with his nonstop running and all the goals he has scored. We wouldnt be where we are today without him. golfer33
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6:12pm Thu 3 Apr 14

cheeriedriteup says...

golfer33 wrote:
Impossible, Francis to be player of the year with all those goals we conceded, most of them coming from his side of the pitch. POTY must go to Grabban, with his nonstop running and all the goals he has scored. We wouldnt be where we are today without him.
Is Francis in defense on his own then, are goals not leaked as a unit, I'm sure if EH thought Francis was at fault he wouldn't have started every game and played every minute !
[quote][p][bold]golfer33[/bold] wrote: Impossible, Francis to be player of the year with all those goals we conceded, most of them coming from his side of the pitch. POTY must go to Grabban, with his nonstop running and all the goals he has scored. We wouldnt be where we are today without him.[/p][/quote]Is Francis in defense on his own then, are goals not leaked as a unit, I'm sure if EH thought Francis was at fault he wouldn't have started every game and played every minute ! cheeriedriteup
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6:16pm Thu 3 Apr 14

dustbindanny says...

How can people say Francis is at fault for all goals conceded? You could say it was the Keepers fault for not saving the shots, or the midfield for not stopping the attacking opposition in the first place, individuals all make mistakes on the pitch. For example, forwards missing so called 'easy goals' ? I would have Simon Francis in my team any day, the guy must be worth over a million ( £1'000'000) to us now? This is just my opinion.........
How can people say Francis is at fault for all goals conceded? You could say it was the Keepers fault for not saving the shots, or the midfield for not stopping the attacking opposition in the first place, individuals all make mistakes on the pitch. For example, forwards missing so called 'easy goals' ? I would have Simon Francis in my team any day, the guy must be worth over a million ( £1'000'000) to us now? This is just my opinion......... dustbindanny
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