AFC Bournemouth: Cherries boss Eddie Howe has sympathy after Huddersfield Town axe counterpart Mark Robins

AFC Bournemouth: Howe has sympathy for axed rival Robins

AFC Bournemouth: Howe has sympathy for axed rival Robins

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EDDIE Howe expressed sympathy for axed Huddersfield boss Mark Robins and admitted that “closer scrutiny” was making management more difficult.

Robins left his role at the John Smith’s Stadium less than 24 hours after Cherries thumped the Terriers 4-0 in Saturday’s season-opening Championship clash.

Dean Court boss Howe was shocked to see Robins part ways with the West Yorkshire club just one match into the season and tipped him to bounce back in the long term.

Howe told the Daily Echo: “It was a real surprise. I don’t think you ever expect a manager to lose his job after just one game.

“I was very sad for Mark because I think he’s one of the really good managers in the league.

“He has got a really strong work ethic, he’s a very good coach and I admired the way he set his team up. Last year I thought Huddersfield were good to watch.

“It’s always disappointing when a manager loses his job.

“It’s such a cut-throat industry and I think we all have sympathy for each other.

“I wouldn’t have wished that on him and hopefully he will come back stronger for it.”

Howe insisted that football management was becoming tougher and said that sticking to principles was increasingly important in the current climate.

He added: “I think it does become more difficult to manage with the closer scrutiny we get from social media, from the radio, from everybody – it gets more and more intense.

“And then of course you can get an over-reaction from different quarters, so it is very difficult and it will only become more difficult as time goes by.

“Everyone has an opinion and I think that’s great. The difficulty for us is that, especially in defeat, everyone thinks they have the right answer.

“The key thing when you’re in the role is to ignore everyone and stick to what you think is right, because that’s what got you there in the first place.”

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8:02am Tue 12 Aug 14

Deejaycee says...

Sounds a bit like a memo to certain people living in Lincoln and Devon.
Sounds a bit like a memo to certain people living in Lincoln and Devon. Deejaycee
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9:42am Tue 12 Aug 14

Afcbpete says...

Reading many posts written by Udders fans, it wasn't a question of it being the first game, they were disenchanted from last season any way, and weren't particularly enamoured by pre-season either. Saturday was just the final straw. It is a strange one though, when you think of that fantastic run they'd had, and it results in this.
I have to say, not that I ever expect it to happen, but were we to drop back down, I'd certainly never want to see Eddie given the push, same goes if we went up now, and dropped back. I'd have EVERY faith in Eddie to turn things around, or halt the slide.
Reading many posts written by Udders fans, it wasn't a question of it being the first game, they were disenchanted from last season any way, and weren't particularly enamoured by pre-season either. Saturday was just the final straw. It is a strange one though, when you think of that fantastic run they'd had, and it results in this. I have to say, not that I ever expect it to happen, but were we to drop back down, I'd certainly never want to see Eddie given the push, same goes if we went up now, and dropped back. I'd have EVERY faith in Eddie to turn things around, or halt the slide. Afcbpete
  • Score: 18

10:42am Tue 12 Aug 14

STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road says...

Afcbpete wrote:
Reading many posts written by Udders fans, it wasn't a question of it being the first game, they were disenchanted from last season any way, and weren't particularly enamoured by pre-season either. Saturday was just the final straw. It is a strange one though, when you think of that fantastic run they'd had, and it results in this.
I have to say, not that I ever expect it to happen, but were we to drop back down, I'd certainly never want to see Eddie given the push, same goes if we went up now, and dropped back. I'd have EVERY faith in Eddie to turn things around, or halt the slide.
Whilst it was bizarre timing to let MR go after just one poor result, i believe it has been on the cards for quite a time. I think the Huddersfield fans are a decent, patient bunch, but 2 wins in 22 would stretch many fans loyalty to the manager. I was at the end of my tether after 10 games of Dumb & Dumber, like most on here.
Fortunately we now have a manager who is universally accepted amongst us (well almost ) which allied to a great owner and chairman with a terrific team on the field everything is rosey in our garden.
Before Eddie returned i actually felt Robins would be a good young manager for us and hope he goes on to have sucess elsewhere.!!!!
[quote][p][bold]Afcbpete[/bold] wrote: Reading many posts written by Udders fans, it wasn't a question of it being the first game, they were disenchanted from last season any way, and weren't particularly enamoured by pre-season either. Saturday was just the final straw. It is a strange one though, when you think of that fantastic run they'd had, and it results in this. I have to say, not that I ever expect it to happen, but were we to drop back down, I'd certainly never want to see Eddie given the push, same goes if we went up now, and dropped back. I'd have EVERY faith in Eddie to turn things around, or halt the slide.[/p][/quote]Whilst it was bizarre timing to let MR go after just one poor result, i believe it has been on the cards for quite a time. I think the Huddersfield fans are a decent, patient bunch, but 2 wins in 22 would stretch many fans loyalty to the manager. I was at the end of my tether after 10 games of Dumb & Dumber, like most on here. Fortunately we now have a manager who is universally accepted amongst us (well almost ) which allied to a great owner and chairman with a terrific team on the field everything is rosey in our garden. Before Eddie returned i actually felt Robins would be a good young manager for us and hope he goes on to have sucess elsewhere.!!!! STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road
  • Score: 6

12:20pm Tue 12 Aug 14

TedMacsCherryPants says...

^
Poor old Coventry it sounds like their manager Pressley is in the frame for the 'Town job
^ Poor old Coventry it sounds like their manager Pressley is in the frame for the 'Town job TedMacsCherryPants
  • Score: 1

1:43pm Tue 12 Aug 14

STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road says...

TedMacsCherryPants wrote:
^
Poor old Coventry it sounds like their manager Pressley is in the frame for the 'Town job
I think one of their fans suggested Paolo di Canio for manager. Hope they have a decent maintainence man and sturdy dugout's :-)
[quote][p][bold]TedMacsCherryPants[/bold] wrote: ^ Poor old Coventry it sounds like their manager Pressley is in the frame for the 'Town job[/p][/quote]I think one of their fans suggested Paolo di Canio for manager. Hope they have a decent maintainence man and sturdy dugout's :-) STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road
  • Score: 1

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