EDDIE Howe believes nice-guy managers can cut it at football’s pinnacle.

The Cherries boss hailed Gareth Southgate for rejuvenating the nation's love affair with the beautiful game by driving England to the World Cup semi-finals in the summer.

Howe admits he is flattered by comparisons drawn between his savvy, inclusive management style and that of England boss Southgate – then insisted there were plenty of routes to coaching success.

The 40-year-old, who leads his side into battle against Leicester City on Saturday (3pm), feels Cherries boast a strong squad spirit akin to Southgate's feel-good international set-up.

Asked if Southgate had shifted a perception that managers must be cut-throat to succeed, Howe told Press Association Sport: "I'd like to think there are plenty of different ways you can do the same job and still be successful.

"Gareth has his unique way of managing. I thought he conducted himself superbly throughout the tournament. Everything I saw I thought 'yep, great decision'.

"I don't think every team necessarily has good team spirit. It was more the way Gareth spoke and conducted himself. In turn that meant his players acted the same way.

"Also, you could see that clearly through the way the players interacted with the fans. It sent out a great message, a positive message, that the country then grabbed hold of."

When asked for his view on favourable comparisons between himself and Southgate, Howe continued: "I wouldn't view anything like that as a criticism, that's for sure!

"You only see a persona in the media, you don't quite know how Gareth manages behind the scenes. That's always difficult to gauge.

"You only truly see what someone's like away from the cameras.

"But certainly, any comparison with Gareth could only be viewed as a compliment."

A Wheel of Fortune-style forfeit game replaces the old-school fine system at Cherries.

Players cop punishments ranging from anything from making presentations to the group to performing a scene from a play.

Midfielder Lewis Cook once had to arrive for training dressed as a Ninja Turtle.

Where Southgate had England throwing darts in Repino, at Dean Court Howe keeps his charges in a different kind of spin.

"If someone does something wrong within our systems then instead of paying a monetary fine they spin the wheel to find out what their forfeit is," said Howe.

"I don't know if the players see it as light relief, I think they would rather just pay a fine!

"But it's a way of harnessing loads of good moments throughout the season that actually encourages team spirit and develops people and leaders.

"There are certainly elements of England and Gareth Southgate's style that we'll learn from but a lot of the things we're already doing.

"Team spirit is something we work hard on. Having a common goal and aim is something that we focus on."

Howe first managed Cherries aged 31, thrust into the top job while still coming to terms with premature playing retirement.

The former centre-back continues to insist he will always owe Cherries more than they owe him – whatever his Dean Court achievements.

"I owe the club a huge amount for giving me the chance," said Howe.

"That's how I will always view the club: it's me owing the debt.

"Before I took this job, where was I? I was a retired footballer looking for a new career and I didn't know what that would be.

"I was given an opportunity to manage in a time when I shouldn't have been, really, with my experience and my knowledge. And I had to learn on the job.

"The biggest thing I can do then is give everything I can every day to improve the club, to improve everyone within the club. And that's what I try to do now."