‘Eddie Howe is the best’

As his side prepare to kick-off their Championship season at Huddersfield Town this afternoon, AFC Bournemouth chairman Jeff Mostyn believes his club are in the hands of “the best” young English manager in the country.

Eddie Howe guided the Cherries to their highest-ever position last season, finishing 10th in the Championship after guiding them to promotion from League One the previous year.

Howe, 36, is revelling in his second spell in charge at Goldsands Stadium after returning to the South Coast following a one-year spell as manager of Burnley – and it is all down to his “articulate” planning at every level of the club according to Mostyn.

“Eddie is articulate, has an insatiable appetite for learning and he doesn’t leave anything to chance”

Mostyn on Howe

Speaking to TheFA.com, he said: “You say one of the brightest young coaches in the country, but without being biased I believe he is the best.

“Eddie is articulate, has an insatiable appetite for learning and he doesn’t leave anything to chance. The way he works with youngsters as well, everything he does is inspiring.

“He works, plans, plots and schemes – and I think if you ever listen to him speak he is one of the few that always thinks before he says anything and he comes across as the most articulate manager in the Championship.”

Mostyn, speaking while out in Denmark with England U17s as part of his FA Youth Committee Council role, cannot see any reason why Howe should not reach the very top of his profession – but hopes he will achieve all he can with Bournemouth.

“One thing that Eddie always does, and I’d like to think I do too, is work in baby steps – just taking one step at a time,” explained Mostyn.

“To think that he could manage England one day, I wouldn’t want to say that at the moment, but, if his career continues to develop as it is now, then I would think he would stand as much chance as anybody in the years to come.

“It’s whether or not he would want to take that road away from managing a club – but I honestly believe he would want to fulfil all his ambitions with Bournemouth Football Club as opposed to moving to a Premier League side and finding that the grass wasn’t quite as green.”

Eddie Howe

Eddie Howe can realise all his ambitions at Bournemouth according to Mostyn

In an ever-changing financial climate, a number of clubs in the Championship have to rely on producing their own players as they struggle to compete with those teams still receiving Premier League parachute payments.

Bournemouth are one of those according to the chairman, who believes the philosophy Howe is introducing throughout the whole club will be hugely beneficial to the future.

“It’s essential for clubs with limited budgets who are battling all the time, especially with the huge clubs coming down into the Championship with huge parachute payments like this year when the three teams have £23m,” he said.

“You have to develop players through the youth academy and hope that they can progress into the first-team.

“Sam Vokes and Danny Ings at Burnley are two examples of players produced here under Eddie, and of course he worked and continued to help him develop during his time in charge there.

“Due to their prolific goalscoring, Burnley were promoted last season, and that’s the kind of thing that wins titles when you don’t have a lot of money to throw about.”

“Every player wearing a Bournemouth shirt will play his style of football”

He added: “Since Eddie came back to Bournemouth, his footballing philosophy goes right down to the youth team. He made sure that he took overall responsibility for all levels at the club, and he wants all our players right through to play his brand of football.

“There’s no point in the youth team playing one style of football, the academy playing another, then when they progress to the first-team having to re-teach them – so every player wearing a Bournemouth shirt will play his style of football and will be ready for it once they progress to the first-team.”

And ahead of the season’s curtain-raiser, the ever optimistic Mostyn refused to set any targets of promotion.

He said: “We are as optimistic as everyone else, and at the moment we are positive without putting pressure on the players. We finished 10th in our first season in the Championship, which was the highest position in our history.

“You always want to try and better that – but when you look at the teams coming down, it would be extremely disrespectful of ourselves to say that we will finish in the automatic promotion spots.”