AFC Bournemouth: Andrew Surman to focus on final five games with Cherries despite uncertain future

Bournemouth Echo: MIDFIELDER: Andrew Surman MIDFIELDER: Andrew Surman

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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6:29am Thu 10 Apr 14

TedMacsCherryPants says...

Sign him up Eddie, he's been very good and fits in well!
Sign him up Eddie, he's been very good and fits in well! TedMacsCherryPants
  • Score: 16

7:47am Thu 10 Apr 14

CC C-siders says...

His contribution has been superb this season, getting better with every game. A quiet, unsung hero he has been crucial in stabilising the midfield. Sign him up!
We have been awesome in the last two extremely tough fixtures, and the first half against Reading was the best half I have ever seen any where. In the opening minutes we had the outstanding save by Camp - which, from his usual waffle on Solent, Willow didn't see or recall !!! - before totally dominating. Reading are a good Championship / poor Premiership side and we outclassed them.
Where are the non-match attending fools that kept insisting our squad was not Championship standard?
Also, so much for the 'experts' at SkySports who have again missed the story of the season, this season in the Championship (how many times have Leeds been on TV?!), last season in League 1.
The Manager who took over a club at the foot of the 4th tier with -17 points, kept them in the league, then promotion the next season, up from league 1 and to 9th in the Championship with a good chance of making the play-offs for the Premiership. All in a season were we played against Real Madrid & Liverpool. Clearly the Journalistic Zombies at Sky can't see a story there - maybe Hollywood can !!! (I know, calm down!)
UTCIAD
His contribution has been superb this season, getting better with every game. A quiet, unsung hero he has been crucial in stabilising the midfield. Sign him up! We have been awesome in the last two extremely tough fixtures, and the first half against Reading was the best half I have ever seen any where. In the opening minutes we had the outstanding save by Camp - which, from his usual waffle on Solent, Willow didn't see or recall !!! - before totally dominating. Reading are a good Championship / poor Premiership side and we outclassed them. Where are the non-match attending fools that kept insisting our squad was not Championship standard? Also, so much for the 'experts' at SkySports who have again missed the story of the season, this season in the Championship (how many times have Leeds been on TV?!), last season in League 1. The Manager who took over a club at the foot of the 4th tier with -17 points, kept them in the league, then promotion the next season, up from league 1 and to 9th in the Championship with a good chance of making the play-offs for the Premiership. All in a season were we played against Real Madrid & Liverpool. Clearly the Journalistic Zombies at Sky can't see a story there - maybe Hollywood can !!! (I know, calm down!) UTCIAD CC C-siders
  • Score: 30

7:59am Thu 10 Apr 14

Deejaycee says...

Oh dear! We have just been downgraded to 11th in the table on the BBC sports website. Apparently we drew 1-1 with Reading on Tuesday.
Oh dear! We have just been downgraded to 11th in the table on the BBC sports website. Apparently we drew 1-1 with Reading on Tuesday. Deejaycee
  • Score: 9

8:01am Thu 10 Apr 14

camvalley says...

CC C-siders wrote:
His contribution has been superb this season, getting better with every game. A quiet, unsung hero he has been crucial in stabilising the midfield. Sign him up! We have been awesome in the last two extremely tough fixtures, and the first half against Reading was the best half I have ever seen any where. In the opening minutes we had the outstanding save by Camp - which, from his usual waffle on Solent, Willow didn't see or recall !!! - before totally dominating. Reading are a good Championship / poor Premiership side and we outclassed them. Where are the non-match attending fools that kept insisting our squad was not Championship standard? Also, so much for the 'experts' at SkySports who have again missed the story of the season, this season in the Championship (how many times have Leeds been on TV?!), last season in League 1. The Manager who took over a club at the foot of the 4th tier with -17 points, kept them in the league, then promotion the next season, up from league 1 and to 9th in the Championship with a good chance of making the play-offs for the Premiership. All in a season were we played against Real Madrid & Liverpool. Clearly the Journalistic Zombies at Sky can't see a story there - maybe Hollywood can !!! (I know, calm down!) UTCIAD
Totally agree with your comments ,
[quote][p][bold]CC C-siders[/bold] wrote: His contribution has been superb this season, getting better with every game. A quiet, unsung hero he has been crucial in stabilising the midfield. Sign him up! We have been awesome in the last two extremely tough fixtures, and the first half against Reading was the best half I have ever seen any where. In the opening minutes we had the outstanding save by Camp - which, from his usual waffle on Solent, Willow didn't see or recall !!! - before totally dominating. Reading are a good Championship / poor Premiership side and we outclassed them. Where are the non-match attending fools that kept insisting our squad was not Championship standard? Also, so much for the 'experts' at SkySports who have again missed the story of the season, this season in the Championship (how many times have Leeds been on TV?!), last season in League 1. The Manager who took over a club at the foot of the 4th tier with -17 points, kept them in the league, then promotion the next season, up from league 1 and to 9th in the Championship with a good chance of making the play-offs for the Premiership. All in a season were we played against Real Madrid & Liverpool. Clearly the Journalistic Zombies at Sky can't see a story there - maybe Hollywood can !!! (I know, calm down!) UTCIAD[/p][/quote]Totally agree with your comments , camvalley
  • Score: 2

8:02am Thu 10 Apr 14

TedMacsCherryPants says...

^^
I like it CCC - "Eddie of the Rovers"
^^ I like it CCC - "Eddie of the Rovers" TedMacsCherryPants
  • Score: 3

8:47am Thu 10 Apr 14

bobsworthforever says...

Well im getting carried away off to the Yeovil on Saturday cant wait still think 71 points will do it but who knows as for Andrew Surman excellent player I really rate him along with the rest of the team as has already been said the best ive ever seen Boscombe play or AFC Bournemouth come to that
Well im getting carried away off to the Yeovil on Saturday cant wait still think 71 points will do it but who knows as for Andrew Surman excellent player I really rate him along with the rest of the team as has already been said the best ive ever seen Boscombe play or AFC Bournemouth come to that bobsworthforever
  • Score: 13

9:26am Thu 10 Apr 14

onken cherry says...

A brilliant footballer who can also use the word "reiterated" in the right context!
A brilliant footballer who can also use the word "reiterated" in the right context! onken cherry
  • Score: 4

9:48am Thu 10 Apr 14

devon fan says...

CC C-siders wrote:
His contribution has been superb this season, getting better with every game. A quiet, unsung hero he has been crucial in stabilising the midfield. Sign him up!
We have been awesome in the last two extremely tough fixtures, and the first half against Reading was the best half I have ever seen any where. In the opening minutes we had the outstanding save by Camp - which, from his usual waffle on Solent, Willow didn't see or recall !!! - before totally dominating. Reading are a good Championship / poor Premiership side and we outclassed them.
Where are the non-match attending fools that kept insisting our squad was not Championship standard?
Also, so much for the 'experts' at SkySports who have again missed the story of the season, this season in the Championship (how many times have Leeds been on TV?!), last season in League 1.
The Manager who took over a club at the foot of the 4th tier with -17 points, kept them in the league, then promotion the next season, up from league 1 and to 9th in the Championship with a good chance of making the play-offs for the Premiership. All in a season were we played against Real Madrid & Liverpool. Clearly the Journalistic Zombies at Sky can't see a story there - maybe Hollywood can !!! (I know, calm down!)
UTCIAD
could not agree more, even teams at the bottom of the table have been on 2 or 3 times, it would appear we are paying for the sins of the past, this should not carry on for years
[quote][p][bold]CC C-siders[/bold] wrote: His contribution has been superb this season, getting better with every game. A quiet, unsung hero he has been crucial in stabilising the midfield. Sign him up! We have been awesome in the last two extremely tough fixtures, and the first half against Reading was the best half I have ever seen any where. In the opening minutes we had the outstanding save by Camp - which, from his usual waffle on Solent, Willow didn't see or recall !!! - before totally dominating. Reading are a good Championship / poor Premiership side and we outclassed them. Where are the non-match attending fools that kept insisting our squad was not Championship standard? Also, so much for the 'experts' at SkySports who have again missed the story of the season, this season in the Championship (how many times have Leeds been on TV?!), last season in League 1. The Manager who took over a club at the foot of the 4th tier with -17 points, kept them in the league, then promotion the next season, up from league 1 and to 9th in the Championship with a good chance of making the play-offs for the Premiership. All in a season were we played against Real Madrid & Liverpool. Clearly the Journalistic Zombies at Sky can't see a story there - maybe Hollywood can !!! (I know, calm down!) UTCIAD[/p][/quote]could not agree more, even teams at the bottom of the table have been on 2 or 3 times, it would appear we are paying for the sins of the past, this should not carry on for years devon fan
  • Score: 4

11:11am Thu 10 Apr 14

Minty Fresh says...

Quality player with Premier League experience. Will be needed here next season after we've won the play off final!
Quality player with Premier League experience. Will be needed here next season after we've won the play off final! Minty Fresh
  • Score: 11

1:33pm Thu 10 Apr 14

wrifan says...

Surman must be signed up. He's a good age, fits well into Eddie's system and is a class player. I'm sure the management team will be working on a deal to bring him in on permanent basis. Surman, Arter and O'kane - we will need all three next season!
Surman must be signed up. He's a good age, fits well into Eddie's system and is a class player. I'm sure the management team will be working on a deal to bring him in on permanent basis. Surman, Arter and O'kane - we will need all three next season! wrifan
  • Score: 7

3:01pm Thu 10 Apr 14

pokesdown1 says...

Wigan vs Reading this Sat ending in a draw and the rest of the chasers win.

Wow, Chaos reigns.
Wigan vs Reading this Sat ending in a draw and the rest of the chasers win. Wow, Chaos reigns. pokesdown1
  • Score: 0

4:28pm Thu 10 Apr 14

North stand badger says...

pokesdown1 wrote:
Wigan vs Reading this Sat ending in a draw and the rest of the chasers win.

Wow, Chaos reigns.
Reading play Leicester Monday
[quote][p][bold]pokesdown1[/bold] wrote: Wigan vs Reading this Sat ending in a draw and the rest of the chasers win. Wow, Chaos reigns.[/p][/quote]Reading play Leicester Monday North stand badger
  • Score: 1

5:10pm Thu 10 Apr 14

holdinkæft says...

pokesdown1 wrote:
Wigan vs Reading this Sat ending in a draw and the rest of the chasers win.

Wow, Chaos reigns.
Cant see Wigan losing that match,
Its Brighton we should be worried about, better GD and easy matches to play.
[quote][p][bold]pokesdown1[/bold] wrote: Wigan vs Reading this Sat ending in a draw and the rest of the chasers win. Wow, Chaos reigns.[/p][/quote]Cant see Wigan losing that match, Its Brighton we should be worried about, better GD and easy matches to play. holdinkæft
  • Score: 1

5:15pm Thu 10 Apr 14

holdinkæft says...

Leicester have gone on holiday already.
Again, its Brghton we need to lose.
Leicester have gone on holiday already. Again, its Brghton we need to lose. holdinkæft
  • Score: 0

7:13pm Thu 10 Apr 14

pokesdown1 says...

I would not like to have Brightons` fixtures.

Charlton,Blackpool and Yeovil?

Forest?

Huddersfield?

No thanks.
I would not like to have Brightons` fixtures. Charlton,Blackpool and Yeovil? Forest? Huddersfield? No thanks. pokesdown1
  • Score: 1

11:28pm Thu 10 Apr 14

holdinkæft says...

pokesdown1 wrote:
I would not like to have Brightons` fixtures.

Charlton,Blackpool and Yeovil?

Forest?

Huddersfield?

No thanks.
Why not ?
3 home and 2 away
Home Charlton 21st, Blackpool 20th, Yeovil 24th
away Forest 10th, Huddersfield 17th
[quote][p][bold]pokesdown1[/bold] wrote: I would not like to have Brightons` fixtures. Charlton,Blackpool and Yeovil? Forest? Huddersfield? No thanks.[/p][/quote]Why not ? 3 home and 2 away Home Charlton 21st, Blackpool 20th, Yeovil 24th away Forest 10th, Huddersfield 17th holdinkæft
  • Score: 0

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