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Howe: Burnley can be successful without me

Lancashire Telegraph: Eddie Howe Eddie Howe

EDDIE Howe is passionate about a patient, passing game.

But for four days last week he had to play a patient waiting game, while Burnley and Bournemouth thrashed out a deal for his return. Despite the 34-year-old's compassionate reasons for wanting to leave – putting family before football – it was never going to be a straightforward exit.

He was 21 months into a three-and-a-half year deal. He had started a job that Burnley Football Club wanted him to finish. Personal circumstances – ones which, understandably, he preferred not to elaborate on – meant that he could no longer serve the length of his contract and see the task through.

He feels, however, he has made a good start for the next man. With the help of a top scoring former builder the foundations are in place.

“When we walked into the job that was the critical thing that was needed, and work on the infrastructure, facilities and staff.

“It meant a lot of work in that respect behind the scenes, but I do feel we were moving in the right direction,” said Howe, who made Charlie Austin – the country’s current top scorer – his first signing after taking the Turf Moor reins in January 2011.

“We’ve certainly gone a long way down the line and we feel the club is in a healthier position and hopefully whoever comes in now can take that forward.

“It’s a young squad now and a really good squad. “There are some really talented young players there – Danny Ings, Kieran Trippier, Ben Mee, Charlie Austin.

“In time, everything would have gelled in that respect.

“With the amount of goals we’ve scored, and conceded, this year it’s been an up and down season so far, but any team that scores goals like we have has a chance of being successful.

“It’s going to be difficult because you’re competing against richer sides.

“But anything can still be achievable this year. I really believe that.

“With Martin Paterson and Chris McCann there from previous regimes, Dean Marney and Lee Grant.

“There’s a lot of quality in the squad.”

Howe was speaking soon after leaving his house in Greater Manchester and starting the journey to the south coast – a route he has taken many times in almost two years, but this time was the last.

He had waited a while to make it. But he could not have foreseen this outcome when he took the job less than two years ago.

Howe had previously courted interest from Charlton, Crystal Palace, Peterborough and Southampton.

He has ambition, and carefully weighed up his options before dismissing those offers and choosing Burnley as his next move.

After leaving Bournemouth and League One behind, he was only looking up.

But the birth of his first child 14 months ago, followed by the sudden death of his mother, Annie, earlier this year had a profound impact on Howe and his family, and ultimately diverted the path his career had taken.

“We were enjoying the job, and desperately wanted to take the club forward, but in the circumstances this was something I had to do,” said Howe of his Bournemouth return.

“In my personal life there have been life-changing events.

“I know the responsibility that comes with the job I was in, I feel that responsibility, and that’s why I haven’t taken the decision lightly.

“I wouldn’t have left for anybody but Bournemouth.”

It says much about the character and honesty of the former Bournemouth and Portsmouth defender that he did not jump the gun on starting his journey back though.

He sat tight until both the Clarets and the Cherries had reached an agreement.

After four days of painstaking negotiations, Howe was given the green light to go home on Friday night.

“I understand why it dragged on. I’m pleased Burnley have been well compensated for our services. That was important from my respect,” he said.

“Burnley treated me very well.

“Everyone at the club is hopefully happy with the (financial) return and hopefully that will help them to make the right appointment.

“Doing things properly, honestly and above board was a high priority for me because of the people I respect so much at the football club.”

In summing up his time at Turf Moor he added: “For us it’s been a huge challenge.

“From a financial perspective we’ve brought in good money in transfer fees, we’ve reduced the wage bill, we’ve lowered the average age of the squad.

“We haven’t had the consistent run of results that we all crave but when you put all those things tog-ether it’s not going to be conducive to a consistent run of results.

“Hopefully we’ve played our part in a rosy future for the club, but it’s for other people to judge our time in charge.

“We’ve done our best to try to promote a long-term plan for the best for the club.

“There’s stability in the boardroom, and they have been fantastic with me and my team and helped us to implement what we wanted to do.

“I only wish Burnley the very best. Whoever takes the job will be taking over a fantastic football club.”

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2:38pm Mon 15 Oct 12

hollinsclaret says...

Nice one Eddie! ..... good luck back in Bournemouth.
Nice one Eddie! ..... good luck back in Bournemouth. hollinsclaret
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2:51pm Mon 15 Oct 12

dredlox76 says...

All the best Eddie, onwards and upwards for us all hopefully.
All the best Eddie, onwards and upwards for us all hopefully. dredlox76
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3:02pm Mon 15 Oct 12

J.C - Rishton says...

"I wouldnt have left Burnley for anyone else except Bournemouth" - yeah right, so if Sir Alex dropped dead, or AW left and Arsenal came calling or JM walked out on Real Madrid and gave you a ring you'd say - "Sorry, I'm only leaving Burnley for Bournemouth" - You have NO ambition whatsoever (although I'm yet to decide on who that statement is more relevant to, EH or BFC!!)
"I wouldnt have left Burnley for anyone else except Bournemouth" - yeah right, so if Sir Alex dropped dead, or AW left and Arsenal came calling or JM walked out on Real Madrid and gave you a ring you'd say - "Sorry, I'm only leaving Burnley for Bournemouth" - You have NO ambition whatsoever (although I'm yet to decide on who that statement is more relevant to, EH or BFC!!) J.C - Rishton
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3:19pm Mon 15 Oct 12

McClaret says...

Eddie who? All in the past and irrelevant now other than the next manager inherits a very leaky defence and a goalkeeper who commands nothing. Cheers Eddie, you got half of it right and in fairness you did it with one arm tied behind your back thanks to the ever ambitious board.
Eddie who? All in the past and irrelevant now other than the next manager inherits a very leaky defence and a goalkeeper who commands nothing. Cheers Eddie, you got half of it right and in fairness you did it with one arm tied behind your back thanks to the ever ambitious board. McClaret
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3:35pm Mon 15 Oct 12

MikeMada says...

Honest, as open as he ever could be and a club-changing attitude. How refreshing this has been.

It's difficult to think that there are many out there like him, in this dog-eat-dog world of football and Eddie is one of the few.

One can only wish Eddie and his family some peace, joy and the best for the future and thank him for the efforts he's made, whilst taken most of the passionate Burnley supporters along the way with him.

It's been a privilege to have you as our manager.
Honest, as open as he ever could be and a club-changing attitude. How refreshing this has been. It's difficult to think that there are many out there like him, in this dog-eat-dog world of football and Eddie is one of the few. One can only wish Eddie and his family some peace, joy and the best for the future and thank him for the efforts he's made, whilst taken most of the passionate Burnley supporters along the way with him. It's been a privilege to have you as our manager. MikeMada
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4:55pm Mon 15 Oct 12

mick50yearsbfc says...

Please enlighten me why Eddie was considered to have been a success.We are 3 points from relegation. Bring back Owen the best since Harry Potts
Please enlighten me why Eddie was considered to have been a success.We are 3 points from relegation. Bring back Owen the best since Harry Potts mick50yearsbfc
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9:24pm Mon 15 Oct 12

Burnley59/60 says...

mick50yearsbfc wrote:
Please enlighten me why Eddie was considered to have been a success.We are 3 points from relegation. Bring back Owen the best since Harry Potts
Exactly stop the Anti Coyle talk Hoos needs to STFU Hes a Yank what does he know Get Owen Back Now
[quote][p][bold]mick50yearsbfc[/bold] wrote: Please enlighten me why Eddie was considered to have been a success.We are 3 points from relegation. Bring back Owen the best since Harry Potts[/p][/quote]Exactly stop the Anti Coyle talk Hoos needs to STFU Hes a Yank what does he know Get Owen Back Now Burnley59/60
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9:54pm Mon 15 Oct 12

Pommie Art says...

Steve Keanokio & his faithful Unicorn have been sighted flying over Turf Moor in recent days, i do think he shall be the Perfect manager for you little inbred freaks.

Oh what a lovely feeling this is, the man left the holy grail of Ewood to go to Scumley with his Unicorn in tow
Steve Keanokio & his faithful Unicorn have been sighted flying over Turf Moor in recent days, i do think he shall be the Perfect manager for you little inbred freaks. Oh what a lovely feeling this is, the man left the holy grail of Ewood to go to Scumley with his Unicorn in tow Pommie Art
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8:27am Tue 16 Oct 12

bikerjohn_uk says...

"Burnley can be succesful without me?" I think that just about sums it up - we weren't succesful WITH you Eddie. He may well be open and honest but I never felt that his heart was in Burnley at all - just never fitted in.
"Burnley can be succesful without me?" I think that just about sums it up - we weren't succesful WITH you Eddie. He may well be open and honest but I never felt that his heart was in Burnley at all - just never fitted in. bikerjohn_uk
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1:48pm Tue 16 Oct 12

makaveli96 says...

bikerjohn_uk wrote:
"Burnley can be succesful without me?" I think that just about sums it up - we weren't succesful WITH you Eddie. He may well be open and honest but I never felt that his heart was in Burnley at all - just never fitted in.
He didnt have that extra finger.....
[quote][p][bold]bikerjohn_uk[/bold] wrote: "Burnley can be succesful without me?" I think that just about sums it up - we weren't succesful WITH you Eddie. He may well be open and honest but I never felt that his heart was in Burnley at all - just never fitted in.[/p][/quote]He didnt have that extra finger..... makaveli96
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2:49pm Tue 16 Oct 12

accych78 says...

J.C - Rishton wrote:
"I wouldnt have left Burnley for anyone else except Bournemouth" - yeah right, so if Sir Alex dropped dead, or AW left and Arsenal came calling or JM walked out on Real Madrid and gave you a ring you'd say - "Sorry, I'm only leaving Burnley for Bournemouth" - You have NO ambition whatsoever (although I'm yet to decide on who that statement is more relevant to, EH or BFC!!)
He is obviously talking realistically in the real world!! I suggest you refrain from commenting on subjects until you can start talking in the real world - and obviously family comes before anything even 'Real Madrid' so I believe him to be speaking from the heart, you may want to think about the bigger picture before commenting on any site!!!
[quote][p][bold]J.C - Rishton[/bold] wrote: "I wouldnt have left Burnley for anyone else except Bournemouth" - yeah right, so if Sir Alex dropped dead, or AW left and Arsenal came calling or JM walked out on Real Madrid and gave you a ring you'd say - "Sorry, I'm only leaving Burnley for Bournemouth" - You have NO ambition whatsoever (although I'm yet to decide on who that statement is more relevant to, EH or BFC!!)[/p][/quote]He is obviously talking realistically in the real world!! I suggest you refrain from commenting on subjects until you can start talking in the real world - and obviously family comes before anything even 'Real Madrid' so I believe him to be speaking from the heart, you may want to think about the bigger picture before commenting on any site!!! accych78
  • Score: 1

4:26pm Tue 16 Oct 12

no ney never says...

Most women i know like to be close to family and friends. Add being a mother for the first time and its no wonder she couldn't settle in the damp north west as opposed to bournemouth. It is why the cotton industry located here, the climate kept the material in best condition.
The woman needs to be around her support network and i suppose he doesn't want to live at the other end of the country missing his first child grow up. Not difficult for him to find another job nearer home and knowing he can't stop us letting in goals, now would be a good time to go before we slip further down the league. The reason may be genuine but the timing is apt.

La Claret mas fina
Most women i know like to be close to family and friends. Add being a mother for the first time and its no wonder she couldn't settle in the damp north west as opposed to bournemouth. It is why the cotton industry located here, the climate kept the material in best condition. The woman needs to be around her support network and i suppose he doesn't want to live at the other end of the country missing his first child grow up. Not difficult for him to find another job nearer home and knowing he can't stop us letting in goals, now would be a good time to go before we slip further down the league. The reason may be genuine but the timing is apt. La Claret mas fina no ney never
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