AFC Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe: We have shed inferiority complex

CHERRIES BOSS: Eddie Howe

CHERRIES BOSS: Eddie Howe

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

BOSS Eddie Howe believes Cherries have proved they can hold their own with so-called illustrious opponents and will benefit for the experience next season.

Howe’s charges have performed admirably after locking horns with a host of established clubs during their first season in the second flight since 1990.

Their 2-2 draw at Ipswich – continuously a first and second tier club since 1957 – saw Cherries top their previous points tally of 62, set when they finished 12th in 1988-89.

Howe’s men have done the double over Reading, who came down from the Premier League last season, and also beat fellow relegated pair QPR and Wigan.

Cherries have also recorded victories over ex-Premier League clubs Sheffield Wednesday, Charlton, Barnsley, Birmingham, Leeds and Blackburn.

Howe, asked whether he had learned anything he could apply next season, said: “I think it is more a case of the belief that has grown within the group of players.

“That is key when you get promotion and you are at a club like AFC Bournemouth because, sometimes, you can have an inferiority complex going to the big former Premier League teams.

“But I think we have hopefully shed that now and there is a lot of confidence within the players in their own ability and that should be even more so next season and that will hopefully help us develop.”

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6:29am Thu 24 Apr 14

TedMacsCherryPants says...

Inferiority complex no more, we are the "mighty" Cherries!!!

Next season is setting up to be a barn-stormer already and we're not quite done with this one yet!

For me our success this Summer willl be judged on not so much who we buy but can we keep this excellent team together?? The confidence and belief is within the group we have now, keep the team keep the belief.
UTMC
Inferiority complex no more, we are the "mighty" Cherries!!! Next season is setting up to be a barn-stormer already and we're not quite done with this one yet! For me our success this Summer willl be judged on not so much who we buy but can we keep this excellent team together?? The confidence and belief is within the group we have now, keep the team keep the belief. UTMC TedMacsCherryPants
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9:17am Thu 24 Apr 14

mark.s says...

I agree with Howe, when we came up we all thought small and just wanted to keep our heads above water.

For the first time in my whole life supporting the club, we actually have expectations and are starting to think and feel like a bigger club than we were before.

It's an interesting change.
We're AFC Bournemouth - we're a BIG club!
I agree with Howe, when we came up we all thought small and just wanted to keep our heads above water. For the first time in my whole life supporting the club, we actually have expectations and are starting to think and feel like a bigger club than we were before. It's an interesting change. We're AFC Bournemouth - we're a BIG club! mark.s
  • Score: 18

10:06am Thu 24 Apr 14

bobsworthforever says...

What about Forest who we are going to beat on Saturday now they are a big club twice European Champions ive got some mates who are Forest supporters thought it would be a easy three points last year they are not so confident now most think a draw would be a good result against little old Bournemouth fantastic game coming up
What about Forest who we are going to beat on Saturday now they are a big club twice European Champions ive got some mates who are Forest supporters thought it would be a easy three points last year they are not so confident now most think a draw would be a good result against little old Bournemouth fantastic game coming up bobsworthforever
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10:35am Thu 24 Apr 14

STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road says...

bobsworthforever wrote:
What about Forest who we are going to beat on Saturday now they are a big club twice European Champions ive got some mates who are Forest supporters thought it would be a easy three points last year they are not so confident now most think a draw would be a good result against little old Bournemouth fantastic game coming up
I wonder if we could get that joker from their local rag to write Eddies team-talk again. What a bufoon.!!!
[quote][p][bold]bobsworthforever[/bold] wrote: What about Forest who we are going to beat on Saturday now they are a big club twice European Champions ive got some mates who are Forest supporters thought it would be a easy three points last year they are not so confident now most think a draw would be a good result against little old Bournemouth fantastic game coming up[/p][/quote]I wonder if we could get that joker from their local rag to write Eddies team-talk again. What a bufoon.!!! STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road
  • Score: 7

12:03pm Thu 24 Apr 14

Afcbpete says...

In some respects we'll be better prepared for next season, but it will also work against us, in as much as teams will take us more seriously. Not to say they didn't this season, but we've shaken a few up, which they probably weren't expecting, and they may see us a bit more as money bags AFCB, and we'll be a bit of a scalp!!! For me, our fan base determines whether we''re a Big club or not, and yes, we've grown in stature, but I'd not call us Big by a long way. I can't believe this season is nearly over, it's going to be a long close season until the next!!! UTCIAD
In some respects we'll be better prepared for next season, but it will also work against us, in as much as teams will take us more seriously. Not to say they didn't this season, but we've shaken a few up, which they probably weren't expecting, and they may see us a bit more as money bags AFCB, and we'll be a bit of a scalp!!! For me, our fan base determines whether we''re a Big club or not, and yes, we've grown in stature, but I'd not call us Big by a long way. I can't believe this season is nearly over, it's going to be a long close season until the next!!! UTCIAD Afcbpete
  • Score: 5

4:54pm Thu 24 Apr 14

coops1965cherry says...

mark.s wrote:
I agree with Howe, when we came up we all thought small and just wanted to keep our heads above water.

For the first time in my whole life supporting the club, we actually have expectations and are starting to think and feel like a bigger club than we were before.

It's an interesting change.
We're AFC Bournemouth - we're a BIG club!
May be this sleeping giant has just yawned and is about to wake up.

I have always thought that we had the potential to grow and become a bigger club, there have been many smaller or similar size clubs before us that have gone on to greater things and grown is size.

We have the backing and the team and by the looks of it a board that share the same big idea as the fans do.

U T C I A D.
[quote][p][bold]mark.s[/bold] wrote: I agree with Howe, when we came up we all thought small and just wanted to keep our heads above water. For the first time in my whole life supporting the club, we actually have expectations and are starting to think and feel like a bigger club than we were before. It's an interesting change. We're AFC Bournemouth - we're a BIG club![/p][/quote]May be this sleeping giant has just yawned and is about to wake up. I have always thought that we had the potential to grow and become a bigger club, there have been many smaller or similar size clubs before us that have gone on to greater things and grown is size. We have the backing and the team and by the looks of it a board that share the same big idea as the fans do. U T C I A D. coops1965cherry
  • Score: 4

8:59pm Thu 24 Apr 14

golfer33 says...

We changed our stature when we bought in players like Camp, Harte, Surman Tk, Kermorgant and Collisen who i would like to see back, if Wigan dont sign him.
We changed our stature when we bought in players like Camp, Harte, Surman Tk, Kermorgant and Collisen who i would like to see back, if Wigan dont sign him. golfer33
  • Score: 2

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