Eddie Howe completed the unthinkable and took Bournemouth into the Premier League at the end of last season. Howe and Bournemouth have a special relationship, Howe has tried his luck away Bouremouth but always end up back on the south coast at Dean Court.
Howe The Player
Eddie Howe spent the majority of his playing career at Bournemouth, starting out in the youth team at Dean Court, he made his first-team debut for Bournemouth in December 1995 against Hull City. Howe established himself as a permanent fixture in the Bournemouth defence, his good performances seeing him selected by the England under-21s for the Toulon Tournament in 1998.
In March 2002 Howe moved to Portsmouth for £400,000, this made him Harry Redknapp’s first signing at Portsmouth, he had made 237 appearances for Bournemouth. He would only make two appearances for Portsmouth as he suffered a knee injury on his debut against Preston North End, meaning his season was brought to an abrupt end. Howe returned for Portsmouth on the opening day of the 2002/03 season but he lasted only nine minutes as he suffered another injury to knee that ruled him out of the entire campaign.
The knee injury kept him out for 18 months, and he didn’t return to full fitness until January 2004, he was loaned out to Swindon Town on deadline day in March 2004, but didn’t make any appearances for Swindon. Howe made his return to Dean Court on an initial three month loan deal at the start of the 2004/05 season, the move proved successful for Howe after two injury ravaged seasons at Fratton Park.
At this time Bournemouth were in a very poor financial state, supporters joined together to create Eddieshare, to fund a transfer fee so Howe could move back to Bournemouth on a permanent basis. Within days of the creation, £21,000 was raised funding the required transfer fee. Howe would play for a further three seasons and make over 50 appearances before injury forced him to retire in 2007.
Howe The Manager
Before his retirement due to injury, at the end of the 2006/07 season, Howe was appointed to the position of player-coach by Bournemouth manager Kevin Bond and handed the task of coaching the reserve team at Dean Court despite still playing in the first team. He was then forced to retire in the summer of 2007 at the age of 29, Howe continued in his role as reserve team manager until September 2008, when he lost his job when Bond was sacked as first-team manager.
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