AFC Bournemouth: Boss Eddie Howe anticipates a stronger Championship

Bournemouth Echo: CHERRIES BOSS: Eddie Howe CHERRIES BOSS: Eddie Howe

MANAGER Eddie Howe believes a stronger and more competitive Championship will place “added pressure” on Cherries as they bid to better last season’s historic achievements.

Cherries marked their first campaign in the second flight for 23 years by securing 10th place – the club’s highest finishing position since it joined the Football League in 1923.

Howe’s men also broke numerous club records for the second tier including goals scored, points gained and away wins, while Lewis Grabban set a new individual goalscoring best.

Cherries were the only promoted team to avoid an instant return to League One, while they also finished higher than clubs with a wealth of experience in the top two divisions.

Boss Howe knows Cherries will need to be on their mettle if they are to stand any chance of surpassing their exploits and to ensure they do not suffer a bout of second-season syndrome.

Speaking to the Daily Echo following the publication of the new fixtures, Howe said: “I think it is going to be a tougher division next season.

“There are three strong clubs coming up from League One and both Brentford and Rotherham are having a go financially and have invested quite a bit of money. Together with Wolves, they will certainly add to the strength as will the three which have come down, Cardiff, Norwich and Fulham.

“We need to be prepared for a better division, harder games and are going to have to be better ourselves. There are no surprises for me and it is going to be a very strong league, as it was last season, but perhaps even stronger.”

Howe added: “It is added pressure for us because we performed so well, especially in the second half of the season. It is not only the expectations from everyone else but the expectations we put on ourselves are very high as well.

“From our perspective, we have to check those with a few things like how strong the league is and how much money is being spent by the relegated and promoted teams and the clubs around us.

“We are not just reliant on money and have to be very smart with how we work, what we do and how we go about things. That has got to be our competitive edge, not money.

“I am aware of how difficult it is going to be to beat last season but that has to be our aim. There is always pressure in high-level sport and we have to try to react to that as best we can.”

Howe’s players return for the start of pre-season a week tomorrow before heading to Austria for a five-day training camp at the start of July. They will meet Danish club FC Copenhagen in their first friendly on Friday, July 11.

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7:31am Fri 20 Jun 14

Square Old Codger says...

Expectations will be high and we can only hope that Eddie is able to bring in a replacement for Grabham, keep his Squad together and bring in the other 1/2 players he wants, there are no easy fixtures in the Championship and second Seasons are notoriously hard and it will be quite an achievement to better last Season. But if anyone can it' will be Eddie and his team.
Expectations will be high and we can only hope that Eddie is able to bring in a replacement for Grabham, keep his Squad together and bring in the other 1/2 players he wants, there are no easy fixtures in the Championship and second Seasons are notoriously hard and it will be quite an achievement to better last Season. But if anyone can it' will be Eddie and his team. Square Old Codger
  • Score: 9

8:43am Fri 20 Jun 14

TedMacsCherryPants says...

I’m under no illusions as to how hard this season will be after last year’s success story and despite high expectations will still be happy to see us hold our own in the division and hang in there. Still feel we'll be OK as long as we can keep the squad (or the majority of it) together.

In my eyes the first challenge of the season is to persuade Mrs Ted to holiday in the Lake District at the beginning of August so I can treat her to the delights of the Huddersfield Gas Club and the Galpharm on the way home, my seasons preparations start now!
UTCIAD
I’m under no illusions as to how hard this season will be after last year’s success story and despite high expectations will still be happy to see us hold our own in the division and hang in there. Still feel we'll be OK as long as we can keep the squad (or the majority of it) together. In my eyes the first challenge of the season is to persuade Mrs Ted to holiday in the Lake District at the beginning of August so I can treat her to the delights of the Huddersfield Gas Club and the Galpharm on the way home, my seasons preparations start now! UTCIAD TedMacsCherryPants
  • Score: 2

8:45am Fri 20 Jun 14

afcbtintin says...

I'm sure 12 months ago we were "discussing" what a difficult league it was going to be. I certainly remember a conversation with she who likes to think she is obeyed about how we would probably have to get used to seeing more losses than anything else and accept a low table position !

UTCIAD
I'm sure 12 months ago we were "discussing" what a difficult league it was going to be. I certainly remember a conversation with she who likes to think she is obeyed about how we would probably have to get used to seeing more losses than anything else and accept a low table position ! UTCIAD afcbtintin
  • Score: 5

8:47am Fri 20 Jun 14

susi.m says...

I took a look the fixtures at 9.05 on Wed morning and for some reason felt more anxious than I did last year when the fixtures came out. As long as we stay up that's all that really matters. Really don't want to go back to league 1 football.
I took a look the fixtures at 9.05 on Wed morning and for some reason felt more anxious than I did last year when the fixtures came out. As long as we stay up that's all that really matters. Really don't want to go back to league 1 football. susi.m
  • Score: 5

10:16am Fri 20 Jun 14

a real supporter says...

susi.m wrote:
I took a look the fixtures at 9.05 on Wed morning and for some reason felt more anxious than I did last year when the fixtures came out. As long as we stay up that's all that really matters. Really don't want to go back to league 1 football.
Agreed Susi.M
Apart from the obvious financial boost can't really see any of the relegated sides being any different from the 3 who went up last season. Of the 3 promoted only Wolves will be a problem. I would be very concerned if I supported Millwall, Blackpool, Charlton, Birmingham and Leeds (Dave Hockaday !!!! delighted we're playing them early in the season).
Being a regular in the Championship for many seasons is all I hope for with possibly the odd flutter with the play-offs. Excited and anxious but can't wait.
UTCIAD
[quote][p][bold]susi.m[/bold] wrote: I took a look the fixtures at 9.05 on Wed morning and for some reason felt more anxious than I did last year when the fixtures came out. As long as we stay up that's all that really matters. Really don't want to go back to league 1 football.[/p][/quote]Agreed Susi.M Apart from the obvious financial boost can't really see any of the relegated sides being any different from the 3 who went up last season. Of the 3 promoted only Wolves will be a problem. I would be very concerned if I supported Millwall, Blackpool, Charlton, Birmingham and Leeds (Dave Hockaday !!!! delighted we're playing them early in the season). Being a regular in the Championship for many seasons is all I hope for with possibly the odd flutter with the play-offs. Excited and anxious but can't wait. UTCIAD a real supporter
  • Score: 7

10:29am Fri 20 Jun 14

RED LETTER DAY says...

ENGLAND, . .Ughhh. . . . . . I watched better football at the GOALSANDS last season
ENGLAND, . .Ughhh. . . . . . I watched better football at the GOALSANDS last season RED LETTER DAY
  • Score: 10

10:36am Fri 20 Jun 14

devon fan says...

I think no one is under any illusion has to how difficult it will be be, and I am anxious as to just how well prepared we will be, with Eddie going on record saying he is confident he will have new arrivals in place before the start of the season gives the impression that we may not be as far forward as we perhaps should be, the club has given the impression of going back into the old Mafia days when everything had to be kept secret, the club website has had to dig up countless articles from the past as has the Echo, and for some reason they do not appear to want the supporters to know how many season tickets they have sold, if there is a problem with Fair play rules, then tell us so we can understand and appreciate the problem, but for a progressive go ahead club it is too damm quiet
I think no one is under any illusion has to how difficult it will be be, and I am anxious as to just how well prepared we will be, with Eddie going on record saying he is confident he will have new arrivals in place before the start of the season gives the impression that we may not be as far forward as we perhaps should be, the club has given the impression of going back into the old Mafia days when everything had to be kept secret, the club website has had to dig up countless articles from the past as has the Echo, and for some reason they do not appear to want the supporters to know how many season tickets they have sold, if there is a problem with Fair play rules, then tell us so we can understand and appreciate the problem, but for a progressive go ahead club it is too damm quiet devon fan
  • Score: 2

2:10pm Fri 20 Jun 14

bobsworthforever says...

Paid for my season ticket seen next seasons fixtures ready for a bit more excitement if we get anymore of these regurgitated stories by the Echo im going to have to make something up hasn't any top strikers been seen lurking round the Goldsands what happened about the FFP meeting Jeff went too or did I miss that and as someone else posted hows the season tickets sale going also any news about Tommy Elphicks racehorse
Paid for my season ticket seen next seasons fixtures ready for a bit more excitement if we get anymore of these regurgitated stories by the Echo im going to have to make something up hasn't any top strikers been seen lurking round the Goldsands what happened about the FFP meeting Jeff went too or did I miss that and as someone else posted hows the season tickets sale going also any news about Tommy Elphicks racehorse bobsworthforever
  • Score: 2

6:30pm Fri 20 Jun 14

Deejaycee says...

What's the difference between AFCB back four and England's back four?
Suarez can't score against AFCB back four.
What's the difference between AFCB back four and England's back four? Suarez can't score against AFCB back four. Deejaycee
  • Score: 5

8:43pm Sat 21 Jun 14

cromwell9 says...

Its all very quiet on the AFCB front .
Cant wait for the new season to start .I think we are in for a rip roaring season.It cant be harder than last season.I thought Eddie Howe did a fantastic job ,turning a div 1 side into a Championship 10 th place position,
Thank god that Rookie keeper Allsop is going out on loan.Eddie made a mistake playing him ,He would never admit it.But in the end his inexsperience cost us a play of place,.So good luck and goodbye,
He drove us mad in the Fletch stand
Its all very quiet on the AFCB front . Cant wait for the new season to start .I think we are in for a rip roaring season.It cant be harder than last season.I thought Eddie Howe did a fantastic job ,turning a div 1 side into a Championship 10 th place position, Thank god that Rookie keeper Allsop is going out on loan.Eddie made a mistake playing him ,He would never admit it.But in the end his inexsperience cost us a play of place,.So good luck and goodbye, He drove us mad in the Fletch stand cromwell9
  • Score: -1

11:17am Sun 22 Jun 14

s-pb2 says...

My tip would be Leeds for relegation!
My tip would be Leeds for relegation! s-pb2
  • Score: 1

9:52pm Sun 22 Jun 14

abc100 says...

cromwell9 wrote:
Its all very quiet on the AFCB front .
Cant wait for the new season to start .I think we are in for a rip roaring season.It cant be harder than last season.I thought Eddie Howe did a fantastic job ,turning a div 1 side into a Championship 10 th place position,
Thank god that Rookie keeper Allsop is going out on loan.Eddie made a mistake playing him ,He would never admit it.But in the end his inexsperience cost us a play of place,.So good luck and goodbye,
He drove us mad in the Fletch stand
Your turning into Nat1234, how many times have you used the phrase " he drove us mad in the fletch stand " he certainly did not cost us a play off place alone, blame defenders for mistakes forwards for missed chances players not picking up runners or closing down players giving away needless free kicks etc etc etc
[quote][p][bold]cromwell9[/bold] wrote: Its all very quiet on the AFCB front . Cant wait for the new season to start .I think we are in for a rip roaring season.It cant be harder than last season.I thought Eddie Howe did a fantastic job ,turning a div 1 side into a Championship 10 th place position, Thank god that Rookie keeper Allsop is going out on loan.Eddie made a mistake playing him ,He would never admit it.But in the end his inexsperience cost us a play of place,.So good luck and goodbye, He drove us mad in the Fletch stand[/p][/quote]Your turning into Nat1234, how many times have you used the phrase " he drove us mad in the fletch stand " he certainly did not cost us a play off place alone, blame defenders for mistakes forwards for missed chances players not picking up runners or closing down players giving away needless free kicks etc etc etc abc100
  • Score: 0

12:01am Mon 23 Jun 14

holdinkæft says...

Interesting to see how we play now Grabbs has gone.
I think we might struggle to score goals again
Interesting to see how we play now Grabbs has gone. I think we might struggle to score goals again holdinkæft
  • Score: 0

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