AFC Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe: Ian Harte gives us the whole package

NEW DEAL: Cherries defender Ian Harte

NEW DEAL: Cherries defender Ian Harte

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

MANAGER Eddie Howe has highlighted the importance of Ian Harte’s “priceless” contribution to Cherries – both on and off the pitch.

Defender Harte, who has played a starring role in his debut campaign with Cherries, last week finalised terms on a new contract at Dean Court.

The experienced 36-year-old, who joined Cherries on a free transfer following his release by Reading, was rewarded for his exploits with a 12-month deal. Drafted in for the injured Charlie Daniels at the end of January, Harte has been instrumental as Howe’s men have made a late surge for the Championship play-offs.

Although he was restricted to eight appearances during his first six months at the club, Howe has revealed how Harte continued to play a key role behind the scenes.

Howe told the Daily Echo: “I was really pleased Ian decided to pledge his future to us. I have been very impressed with him as a professional, as a player and as a man since he joined us. He has done everything we wanted him to and more, especially behind the scenes.

“He is a very good pro and a really cool and steadying influence in the squad. He was also a real support to Charlie Daniels when he wasn’t in the team. You can’t buy that sort of support for team-mates. It is priceless and that is one of the reasons we offered him another year.

“It is very important to get the team dynamic right. The players work and train together every day and you need the balance and the harmony of the squad to be good.

“People like Ian Harte, Richard Hughes and Darryl Flahavan, who we haven’t necessarily seen in the spotlight in terms of playing, have played such a pivotal role in educating and guiding the squad and promoting good habits. There are other good pros as well but those three really experienced players for me have been just as important as everyone else this season.”

Harte, who turns 37 in August, made 16 successive appearances and scored a stunning goal during the 4-2 win at Birmingham last month before Daniels was recalled for Easter Monday’s clash at Ipswich.

Howe added: “A lot is made of players’ ages as they get into their mid-to-late 30s but we had it with Steve Fletcher who probably played his best football for us in his late 30s. Age is no barrier if you have the dedication to your craft and Ian certainly has that. I judge him on what he produces not his age.

“He has played at the highest level within the game and is very highly thought of by a lot of people. It was no surprise he came in and did as well as he did. From my perspective, wanting him to stay and looking to the future, the whole package he brings was very important rather than just the playing side.”

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6:24am Thu 24 Apr 14

TedMacsCherryPants says...

Plaudits indeed from EH, good work Hartie!!. Must say I and a few others had a some doubts before Ian secured his place after Charlie got injured, those doubts are long gone now, class act.
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Plaudits indeed from EH, good work Hartie!!. Must say I and a few others had a some doubts before Ian secured his place after Charlie got injured, those doubts are long gone now, class act. UTC TedMacsCherryPants
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11:52am Thu 24 Apr 14

Fanfor45 says...

TedMacsCherryPants wrote:
Plaudits indeed from EH, good work Hartie!!. Must say I and a few others had a some doubts before Ian secured his place after Charlie got injured, those doubts are long gone now, class act.
UTC
Good morning TMCP. I agree with all that you say, and such has been his contribution I was actually disappointed to see Charlie Daniels back in the side. However, in turn, one look at the Ipswich highlights and it didn’t take long to see what we had missed.

On another note, I was even more disappointed to discover the Brighton fixture on Friday evening. Until then I was setting myself up for a great day at D.C. on Saturday but by then one reason to celebrate might be replaced merely by the desire to “play for league position” . Whatever way we go against Forest, this has been a truly fantastic season to be a Cherries fan.
[quote][p][bold]TedMacsCherryPants[/bold] wrote: Plaudits indeed from EH, good work Hartie!!. Must say I and a few others had a some doubts before Ian secured his place after Charlie got injured, those doubts are long gone now, class act. UTC[/p][/quote]Good morning TMCP. I agree with all that you say, and such has been his contribution I was actually disappointed to see Charlie Daniels back in the side. However, in turn, one look at the Ipswich highlights and it didn’t take long to see what we had missed. On another note, I was even more disappointed to discover the Brighton fixture on Friday evening. Until then I was setting myself up for a great day at D.C. on Saturday but by then one reason to celebrate might be replaced merely by the desire to “play for league position” . Whatever way we go against Forest, this has been a truly fantastic season to be a Cherries fan. Fanfor45
  • Score: 5

1:42pm Thu 24 Apr 14

ASM says...

spot on eddie howe, he s right about fletcher who peaked in his late thirties. It looks like Kermorgant could be on the form of us his life too.
Well done Harte, you have shown that class payers can do a top job when they are past 35 years old, Darren Anderton was another example of that
spot on eddie howe, he s right about fletcher who peaked in his late thirties. It looks like Kermorgant could be on the form of us his life too. Well done Harte, you have shown that class payers can do a top job when they are past 35 years old, Darren Anderton was another example of that ASM
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2:04pm Thu 24 Apr 14

Dick the bricks lad says...

Just make sure everyone stays behind to give the boys a good round of applause on Saturday for the entertainment they have given us all season long - no sloping off early to beat the traffic!
Just make sure everyone stays behind to give the boys a good round of applause on Saturday for the entertainment they have given us all season long - no sloping off early to beat the traffic! Dick the bricks lad
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2:51pm Thu 24 Apr 14

matt68 says...

Dick the bricks lad wrote:
Just make sure everyone stays behind to give the boys a good round of applause on Saturday for the entertainment they have given us all season long - no sloping off early to beat the traffic!
on the pitch!!!
[quote][p][bold]Dick the bricks lad[/bold] wrote: Just make sure everyone stays behind to give the boys a good round of applause on Saturday for the entertainment they have given us all season long - no sloping off early to beat the traffic![/p][/quote]on the pitch!!! matt68
  • Score: 1

3:17pm Thu 24 Apr 14

Afcb-AJ says...

Been very good I remember seeing him at forest earlier in the season and thinking "washed up" "has been" but has been faultless until Yeovil and Wednesday where the games caught up with him none the less he is a great pro and whips a fine corner ! that goal at Birmingham will stay in the memory bank for along time!
Been very good I remember seeing him at forest earlier in the season and thinking "washed up" "has been" but has been faultless until Yeovil and Wednesday where the games caught up with him none the less he is a great pro and whips a fine corner ! that goal at Birmingham will stay in the memory bank for along time! Afcb-AJ
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4:08pm Thu 24 Apr 14

raybren says...

What a good mix of experience and younger players we have got . With a couple of class signings and one or two coming through , we should be set up for next season . Let ' s hope the critics have a change of heart , and join the majority of us in actually supporting the lads .
What a good mix of experience and younger players we have got . With a couple of class signings and one or two coming through , we should be set up for next season . Let ' s hope the critics have a change of heart , and join the majority of us in actually supporting the lads . raybren
  • Score: 1

9:31pm Thu 24 Apr 14

West moors 1 says...

TedMacsCherryPants wrote:
Plaudits indeed from EH, good work Hartie!!. Must say I and a few others had a some doubts before Ian secured his place after Charlie got injured, those doubts are long gone now, class act.
UTC
I was one of those doubters, and have been thrilled to be proved wrong. He needed a few games to get into his stride and his experience has been hugely valuable. Up the cherries!
[quote][p][bold]TedMacsCherryPants[/bold] wrote: Plaudits indeed from EH, good work Hartie!!. Must say I and a few others had a some doubts before Ian secured his place after Charlie got injured, those doubts are long gone now, class act. UTC[/p][/quote]I was one of those doubters, and have been thrilled to be proved wrong. He needed a few games to get into his stride and his experience has been hugely valuable. Up the cherries! West moors 1
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