Bournemouth’s relegation was confirmed on Sunday, but that could just be the start of their problems. Will Eddie Howe want to stick around?
The good news for Bournemouth is that Sunday saw them win their first away Premier League game of 2020.
The bad news is…well…everything else.
That victory was too little, too late as their relegation was confirmed, but that might only be the start of the problems on the south coast.
They have an expensive squad who will either want to leave or be a heavy salary burden on them, a half-finished training ground and according to reports might not be in the best financial health.
And then of course, there’s Eddie Howe. A hero in Boscombe for everything he’s done there, will he really want to stay at a club with so many problems? He’s been manager for over a decade, and aside from a few spells away has given most of his adult life to the club.
On the Totally Football Show this week, Daniel Storey suggested that Howe could well be on his way out.
“In his post-match interview, he said “I’m very emotional and this is hard to take”, and it was pretty easy to read into that emotion that it wasn’t just relegation which he must have expected for quite a while and probably prepared himself for. It doesn’t suit his reputation to be relegated but it certainly doesn’t suit it to hang around, if Bournemouth are in as much financial strife as we’re lead to believe.
“I don’t think he’ll get a Premier League job: Everton and West Ham are the ones he might go to, and they both look like they’re going to stick with their managers for the foreseeable. If he wants to move in this mid-season break, it will probably have to be a Championship club. I guess Watford [might be a candidate] and/or any of those clubs who just missed out on promotion are the best options.”
On that away form for Bournemouth, Duncan Alexander added: “That ended a run of nine in a row, and I think that summed up Bournemouth in the Premier League: they would go on these terrible, terrible runs, but normally before this season, they would claw their way out of it, but this time they didn’t.
“You do worry about them in the Championship: they have spent a lot of money on big players with big wages. The Athletic had an article a month or so ago about how catastrophic the drop could be for them.”
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