MANAGER Eddie Howe stressed he was “absolutely committed” to turning around Cherries’ faltering Premier League campaign and added: “I do still believe we can get out of the position we are in.”

The Dorset club endured a miserable night when they were thumped 4-1 at home by Newcastle United in a tame performance at Vitality Stadium.

That result was then made worse when relegation rivals West Ham beat Chelsea 3-2 with a late winner at London Stadium.

Howe’s men are now 19th in the table, a point adrift of 17th-placed Watford with six games left to turn around their season.

Asked whether he had been given any reassurances that he would be given the time to turn things around, Howe replied: “No, and I don’t need those assurances. The club will do what they feel is best for them.

“I work as hard as I can every day for the team, for the club. We have a very open and honest relationship.

“If the club felt that way, that they wanted to go a different direction, that would be up to them and we would work something out.

“But from my side, (I’m) absolutely committed to turning this around, believe we can, I’ve no doubts about that.”

Dan Gosling’s consolation goal against the Magpies was Cherries’ first since the top flight resumed last month – but they are still yet to pick up a point since the resumption.

Quizzed on whether he felt his players were giving him everything, the manager said: “Yes, I don’t doubt that.

“It’s very easy from the outside to think differently, especially with the manner of the games at the moment. With the lack of a crowd impacting perceived efforts, I think.

“I can see close at hand what it means to the players, how much they are hurting.

“Tonight wasn’t pretty but I can assure everybody it wasn’t through a lack of effort.

“We know the situation we are in is difficult, we know tonight was not a good night. I think me sitting here and saying otherwise would be foolish.

“But I do still believe we can get out of the position we are in. I do still believe in the players and the group we have. I have no doubt about that – but we have to take tonight on the chin.”

The Dorset club have now picked up one point from their past seven Premier League games.

They make the trip to Manchester United on Saturday (3pm) before a home game with Tottenham next Thursday.

Asked what he could to do pick up his players, Howe said: “It’s more psychologically, is the big thing for us. The confidence, the expectation, all these things linked together are damaging us as the moment.

“The next two games are very difficult on paper but maybe they are the type of games we need.

“If you look at our results this season, we have picked up points against the big teams, have done well against them.

“Hopefully that can be a change for us.”