AFC Bournemouth: Surman to focus on final five games despite uncertain future (From Bournemouth Echo)
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AFC Bournemouth: Andrew Surman to focus on final five games with Cherries despite uncertain future
LOAN star Andrew Surman is keen to put talk of his own future on hold as he bids to help Cherries continue their late assault on the Championship play-offs.
The versatile Norwich City midfielder has been a revelation as Eddie Howe’s men have stormed into the promotion picture with eight wins from their past 10 games.
Surman is coming to the end of a successful season-long loan at Dean Court and admitted he had been “shocked” to hear of the sacking of Canaries boss Chris Hughton on Sunday.
Hughton’s axing by the Premier League strugglers has left Surman’s career up in the air with a new manager likely to assess his squad once Norwich’s destiny has been determined.
Surman, who has a year left to run on his contract at Carrow Road, is expected to be a summer target for Cherries boss Eddie Howe following his exploits for the club this season.
The 27-year-old, who helped Canaries reach the Premier League in 2011, has missed just two of the past 24 games, his inclusion coinciding with Cherries’ upturn in fortunes.
Surman, asked by the Daily Echo whether Hughton’s exit could affect his future, replied: “I am not exactly sure if I am being honest. I think it is something which is just going to have to wait until the summer.
“I am fully focused on what is happening here at the moment. We have five games left and I am concentrating my efforts on those.
“I know I am not going back to Norwich between now and the end of the season so I want to see out the season here, do as well as I can and then assess the situation in the summer.
“I’ve got a year left at Norwich so a lot will depend on what happens there. I will discuss my options at the end of the season and see what happens.”
Surman, who admitted he would consider the possibility of a permanent move to Dean Court should the situation present itself, added: “I was shocked at Chris Hughton’s sacking. I know the recent run of results hasn’t been great but, with five games to go, I didn’t really see it coming. But the board and everyone behind the scenes must have had their reasons for doing it.
“From my point of view, I would like to wish him all the best for the future. Although I haven’t been there this season, he is a decent manager and, unfortunately, things didn’t work out.
“I don’t know what the feeling has been around the place and the board has decided to let him go and push for the last five games with someone else.”
Surman, who starred during crucial home wins against QPR and Reading as Cherries moved to within two points of the play-offs, insisted Howe’s men would not be getting ahead of themselves, despite their impressive recent run.
He added: “The manager reiterated that after the Reading game and told us not to get too carried away. It would be easy to look five games ahead and think we could be in the play-offs.
“We have to take each game as it comes and Yeovil is going to be another tough one because they are scrapping for their lives at the bottom of the league.
“It is going to be a different test but a test all the same so we are not going to take it lightly and will show them the respect they deserve.”
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