AFC Bournemouth: Boss Eddie Howe sees similarities between Harry Redknapp's Cherries and class of 2014

BOSS: Eddie Howe

BOSS: Eddie Howe

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

MANAGER Eddie Howe says he sees a number of similarities between Cherries’ Championship class of 2014 and Harry Redknapp’s team of the late 1980s.

Verwood-raised Howe was a regular on the Dean Court terraces when Redknapp held the reins during three seasons in the second flight between 1987 and 1990.

Cherries ended their debut campaign in 17th in Division Two before 12th the following season saw Redknapp lead the club to its highest finishing position in the Football League.

Their brief stay in the second tier came to a disappointing end when a glut of injuries saw Cherries slip from 12th to 22nd, with relegation confirmed on the final day of the 1989-90 season.

Redknapp, who had guided Cherries to the Division Three title in 1987, assembled a formidable squad which included the likes of Mark Newson, John Williams, Sean O’Driscoll, Tony Pulis, Mark O’Connor, Luther Blissett, Paul Morrell and Shaun Teale.

Howe, who was on the books as a schoolboy under Redknapp, told the Daily Echo: “My memories of that era were of a very good team, a really good atmosphere around the ground and a feeling of optimism with the direction the club was heading. The football was great and I remember enjoying coming to every game.

“These things don’t go on forever and, unfortunately, the club had some tough years following relegation. But what Harry did and the length of time he was here should never be forgotten.

“They had some great players. The majority stayed in the game and some of them went on to land some top jobs. There are reasons behind that and it is down to attitude, mentality and work-rate.

“One of the first things I remember as a youngster was the attitude of people like Harry Redknapp, Tony Pulis and Sean O’Driscoll. Their work ethic was very impressive. They worked hard as a team and that is why they were so successful.

“I think there are comparisons between them and us, certainly in terms of mentality. They had some great characters and some real winners, and so have we. You look at the likes of Tommy Elphick, Ian Harte, Simon Francis and Richard Hughes, and Steve Fletcher from my first spell.

“These people are key figures at the club and you don’t get anywhere without those type of characters pushing everyone else on.”

Team of 1989 (based on leading appearance-makers with the exception of Blissett): Gerry Peyton, Mark Newson, John Williams, Shaun Teale, Paul Morrell, Mark O’Connor, Sean O’Driscoll, Ian Bishop, Shaun Brooks, Luther Blissett, Trevor Aylott.

Team of 2014 (based on starting line-up against Birmingham seven days ago): Lee Camp, Simon Francis, Tommy Elphick, Steve Cook, Ian Harte, Marc Pugh, Harry Arter, Eunan O’Kane, Matt Ritchie, Lewis Grabban, Yann Kermorgant.

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10:01pm Fri 4 Apr 14

RED LETTER DAY says...

Lets hope the AUSTIN is a little rusty tomorrow and fails his MOT. . . . . . . . . . . . We dont want him spoiling the party.
Lets hope the AUSTIN is a little rusty tomorrow and fails his MOT. . . . . . . . . . . . We dont want him spoiling the party. RED LETTER DAY
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7:06am Sat 5 Apr 14

Nat1234 says...

If he's in the squad today , I've got a good feeling that rantie might save the day , I don't know why I think that . So I hope he makes me eat my words and shines today , TK TODAY WILL BE A GOOD TIME TO SHUT ALL YOUR CRITICS UP TODAY ! AND THAT INCLUDES ME ...
If he's in the squad today , I've got a good feeling that rantie might save the day , I don't know why I think that . So I hope he makes me eat my words and shines today , TK TODAY WILL BE A GOOD TIME TO SHUT ALL YOUR CRITICS UP TODAY ! AND THAT INCLUDES ME ... Nat1234
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8:12am Sat 5 Apr 14

susi.m says...

So excited about today (as I always am on match days these days).
This season has gone far better than I even dreamt about. I have loved it.
Those dark freezing cold winter Saturdays of L2 now seem like a distant nightmare.
So excited about today (as I always am on match days these days). This season has gone far better than I even dreamt about. I have loved it. Those dark freezing cold winter Saturdays of L2 now seem like a distant nightmare. susi.m
  • Score: 3

8:52am Sat 5 Apr 14

Nat1234 says...

A draw today , I think . That would be ok . And a win on Tuesday .
A draw today , I think . That would be ok . And a win on Tuesday . Nat1234
  • Score: -1

10:55am Sat 5 Apr 14

Afcbpete says...

Arry brought some wonderful players to AFCB, and we played some great football. Yet for all that, the John Bond era was more exciting. Promotion, indeed going up as Champions was never expected, so the realism of what was going on, only hit home to most in the last 2 or 3 months of that season, yet the anticipation with the Bond teams brought a huge amount of excitement. Forwards to now, and we have an equally wonderful squad to Arry's, but I'd say the past few weeks in particular, we're seeing the best football we've ever seen played at Dean Court, and Eddie will go on to be a Top manager as Arry has, but hopefully with AFCB, seeing us hit heights that a few years ago you'd of got locked away in St Anne's for even thinking it!!! Good Luck today, 3 points would be marvellous... UTCIAD
Arry brought some wonderful players to AFCB, and we played some great football. Yet for all that, the John Bond era was more exciting. Promotion, indeed going up as Champions was never expected, so the realism of what was going on, only hit home to most in the last 2 or 3 months of that season, yet the anticipation with the Bond teams brought a huge amount of excitement. Forwards to now, and we have an equally wonderful squad to Arry's, but I'd say the past few weeks in particular, we're seeing the best football we've ever seen played at Dean Court, and Eddie will go on to be a Top manager as Arry has, but hopefully with AFCB, seeing us hit heights that a few years ago you'd of got locked away in St Anne's for even thinking it!!! Good Luck today, 3 points would be marvellous... UTCIAD Afcbpete
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10:55am Sat 5 Apr 14

elite50 says...

Just take a look at these comments and then take a look at the story that said the Cherries (and I guess their supporters ) are under no pressure!
Just take a look at these comments and then take a look at the story that said the Cherries (and I guess their supporters ) are under no pressure! elite50
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12:46pm Sat 5 Apr 14

smhinto says...

Let'snot give Austin any 'stick' today it will only fire him up. Personally, if I was Austin and I was getting flack from the crowd it would only motivate me even more.
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Best keep quiet.
Let'snot give Austin any 'stick' today it will only fire him up. Personally, if I was Austin and I was getting flack from the crowd it would only motivate me even more. . Best keep quiet. smhinto
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1:11pm Sat 5 Apr 14

elite50 says...

Just read Harry's comments on BBC sport.
I hope his team loses today but I hope, for his sake they get promoted.
At his age young Harry should be sitting a Dean Court watching HIS team today.
Next year Harry, OK?
Just read Harry's comments on BBC sport. I hope his team loses today but I hope, for his sake they get promoted. At his age young Harry should be sitting a Dean Court watching HIS team today. Next year Harry, OK? elite50
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3:47pm Sat 5 Apr 14

rednblack37 says...

smhinto wrote:
Let'snot give Austin any 'stick' today it will only fire him up. Personally, if I was Austin and I was getting flack from the crowd it would only motivate me even more.
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Best keep quiet.
For once, I agree with every word! What's the world coming too when smhinto talks sense??? Just joking! Even his spelling is perfect today........regards
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[quote][p][bold]smhinto[/bold] wrote: Let'snot give Austin any 'stick' today it will only fire him up. Personally, if I was Austin and I was getting flack from the crowd it would only motivate me even more. . Best keep quiet.[/p][/quote]For once, I agree with every word! What's the world coming too when smhinto talks sense??? Just joking! Even his spelling is perfect today........regards ! rednblack37
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