AFC Bournemouth: Boss Eddie Howe relishing Premier League tests

FRIENDLY FOCUS: AFC Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe

FRIENDLY FOCUS: AFC Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe

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CHERRIES manager Eddie Howe has expressed his delight at the prospect of his players pitting their wits against Premier League opposition during pre-season.

Howe’s charges report back on Saturday to start preparing for the new campaign, with their warm-up friendlies including visits from Southampton and Swansea City.

New boss Ronald Koeman will take charge of Saints at Dean Court on Friday, July 25 before Garry Monk’s Swans head to Dorset on Friday, August 1.

Howe told the Daily Echo: “It is always difficult to get Premier League opposition during pre-season because a lot of clubs go away to Europe and farther afield.

“The fact we have two really good Premier League clubs coming down is due in part to how we play, which is a really good sign and both games will be really good tests for the players.”

Cherries kick-off their pre-season friendlies against Danish outfit FC Copenhagen, the clash on Friday, July 11 coming at the end of a five-day training camp in south east Austria.

Howe’s squad are due to fly out on July 7 and will face Copenhagen at the Vulkanlandarena – a venue which is approximately 50km from the city of Graz – after being put through their paces at a base in Bad Waltersdorf.

A first-team squad will travel to Salisbury on Tuesday, July 15 and Dorchester on Saturday, July 19 with a trip to Portsmouth on Tuesday, July 29 sandwiched between the Saints and Swansea games. Cherries complete their schedule with a visit to Oxford United on Saturday, August 2 before heading to Huddersfield for their Championship curtain-raiser on August 9.

Howe added: “We are very pleased and I think we have a really good structure to our programme of friendlies, starting with Copenhagen which will be a really difficult game against a very good team.

“We have some good tests locally against opposition which the lads should enjoy playing and then the Premier League games.

“Hopefully there is enough there for all the lads to get minutes under their belts. The most important things are that we go into the season confident and the lads feel fit.”

Cherries’ pre-season friendlies: Friday, July 11 – FC Copenhagen (a, 7pm), Tuesday, July 15 – Salisbury (a, 7.45pm), Saturday, July 19 – Dorchester (a, 3pm), Friday, July 25 – Southampton (h, 3pm), Tuesday, July 29 – Portsmouth (a, 7.45pm), Friday, August 1 – Swansea (h, 3pm), Saturday, August 2 – Oxford United (a, 3pm).

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10:26am Wed 25 Jun 14

devon fan says...

like Eddie we are all looking forward to the start of the season, I would feel we are better prepared if we got our player situation sorted out, have a feeling we are being thown a bone by some of the name linked with us, I think Fair Plays Rules are going to dictate the players that Eddie brings in, a number of the names could possibly be on free transfers if their contracts have run out, personally I have no objection to this if it prevents the club from recording such horrendous losses as in the past 2 sets of accounts, but I would prefer the club to be honest and inform the fans of this rather than lead them to have high expectations only to be dashed at the last minute
like Eddie we are all looking forward to the start of the season, I would feel we are better prepared if we got our player situation sorted out, have a feeling we are being thown a bone by some of the name linked with us, I think Fair Plays Rules are going to dictate the players that Eddie brings in, a number of the names could possibly be on free transfers if their contracts have run out, personally I have no objection to this if it prevents the club from recording such horrendous losses as in the past 2 sets of accounts, but I would prefer the club to be honest and inform the fans of this rather than lead them to have high expectations only to be dashed at the last minute devon fan
  • Score: 2

10:41am Wed 25 Jun 14

afcbtintin says...

I agree about FFP. The board were worried about it this time last year and that was without a £13m loss and £7m(?) owed to Max by October !

This is why if/when Lala goes to the Reds we can't expect the transfer pot to suddenly be loaded, some of it has got to go towards clearing down the debts unless we want the days of points deduction to return.

This IMHO is why Parachute Payments make FFP unfair !!!!!!!

UTCIAD
I agree about FFP. The board were worried about it this time last year and that was without a £13m loss and £7m(?) owed to Max by October ! This is why if/when Lala goes to the Reds we can't expect the transfer pot to suddenly be loaded, some of it has got to go towards clearing down the debts unless we want the days of points deduction to return. This IMHO is why Parachute Payments make FFP unfair !!!!!!! UTCIAD afcbtintin
  • Score: 3

11:54am Wed 25 Jun 14

pokboy says...

I must admit, it is getting a little frustrating with the lack of transfer activity and that other clubs appear to be signing players left, right and centre. I appreciate that we need and have to abide by the FFP rules and that Eddie likes to keeps his cards close to his chest and rightly so, but it would be good to have some news, namely on a replacement for Lewis!
I must admit, it is getting a little frustrating with the lack of transfer activity and that other clubs appear to be signing players left, right and centre. I appreciate that we need and have to abide by the FFP rules and that Eddie likes to keeps his cards close to his chest and rightly so, but it would be good to have some news, namely on a replacement for Lewis! pokboy
  • Score: 2

12:31pm Wed 25 Jun 14

swanagecherrie says...

With the FFP rules (which i know little about) I don't see how we can sign any of the names being branded about, I can't see how clubs like afcb can compete no matter how rich there owners are, with parachute payments and FFP what chance do we stand of building our club to compete how can this be fair ??
With the FFP rules (which i know little about) I don't see how we can sign any of the names being branded about, I can't see how clubs like afcb can compete no matter how rich there owners are, with parachute payments and FFP what chance do we stand of building our club to compete how can this be fair ?? swanagecherrie
  • Score: 4

3:34pm Wed 25 Jun 14

TedMacsCherryPants says...

Agree with all the FFP comments. It does seriously disadvantage League 1 based clubs that get into the Championship and also smaller clubs in the Championship.

As EH often says though we need to work smarter and work harder to get around this obstacle and with Eddie at the helm we seem to be doing OK so far!

One more thing – ECHO, check the KO times for the Friday SCGs & Swans games as they’re wrong. Cheers!
Agree with all the FFP comments. It does seriously disadvantage League 1 based clubs that get into the Championship and also smaller clubs in the Championship. As EH often says though we need to work smarter and work harder to get around this obstacle and with Eddie at the helm we seem to be doing OK so far! One more thing – ECHO, check the KO times for the Friday SCGs & Swans games as they’re wrong. Cheers! TedMacsCherryPants
  • Score: 0

10:37pm Wed 25 Jun 14

bobsworthforever says...

Why don't the ECHO tell us how we stand on signing players this close season is selling Grabban the same as buying a 3million new player I thought only part of the fee plus salary counted towards FFP needless to say all horrendously complicated
Why don't the ECHO tell us how we stand on signing players this close season is selling Grabban the same as buying a 3million new player I thought only part of the fee plus salary counted towards FFP needless to say all horrendously complicated bobsworthforever
  • Score: 0

8:00am Thu 26 Jun 14

ReluctantNicko says...

If the Cherries comply with FFP they should be able to become an established lower mid-table championship club.

Not bad for a relatively small club - cannot expect to achieve a miracle promotion like Burnley did. That really was a one-off!!!!
If the Cherries comply with FFP they should be able to become an established lower mid-table championship club. Not bad for a relatively small club - cannot expect to achieve a miracle promotion like Burnley did. That really was a one-off!!!! ReluctantNicko
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