Eddie Had A Dream: New book charts remarkable journey of the beloved Bournemouth boss

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 30 October 2019, 12:03

Eddie Howe is currently the longest-serving manager in the Premier League.

The Bournemouth boss returned to the club for a second-spell in 2012, and has since conjured up one of the most incredible football stories of the decade, having transformed the then League One club into a fully-fledged Premier League outfit.

A new book titled ‘Eddie Had A Dream’ charts Howe’s time at his beloved Bournemouth, both as a player and a manager. The Sack Race caught up with the book’s author, Peter Bell (@CherryChimes), to get the lowdown on his new book...

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How long have you been a Cherries fan, and what was your reason behind writing the book?

Too long. I started watching around 1980, so quite a long time.

I started my blog ‘ Cherry Chimes’ in 2013, which was just after Eddie Howe returned to Bournemouth for a second spell. We were in League One at the time and things were on the up after we’d been through a really bad period. I felt with Eddie coming back that we knew we had the right manager again.

I knew I wanted to write about Eddie, on both his playing and managerial career to date (1994 to 2019-) which hadn’t been done before. It was something I wanted to research and write about. Then once we got to the Premier League the book shaped itself.

The title ‘Eddie Had A Dream’ didn’t actually come to me until two months ago. I’d been experimenting with all kinds of other ideas but it’s a song that we sing on the terraces so it’s very fitting.

What’s been your favourite managerial moment under Eddie Howe?

It was probably when he came back to the club in October 2012. He walked around Dean Court in his new jacket which said ‘we’re coming back’ and the fans were so enthusiastic. There was only about 4,000 of us there but we never thought that it would be possible because he’d been managing in the Championship with Burnley, so he had to drop down a division.

To have your favourite player and manager come back was just amazing, and he really set the club up for our rise up into the Championship, then the Premier League. So that day was really important.

Other highlights include winning the Championship, the moment we got promoted to the Premier League after beating Bolton when the fans were singing the Match of the Day theme tune. That’s when it suddenly dawned on you what Eddie had achieved. He’s done brilliant to keep us in the Premier League for five years.

Was there anything particularly intriguing you found out about Howe during your research?

What really came across is that you get to understand the person a bit more. When he became captain and started to talk about and analyse games in-depth, you can see why he then went on to become a manager.

When he made a mistake he would take it very much to heart and I think that’s helped him as a manager and how he coaches players. He doesn’t go completely mad when they don’t get something right, instead he encourages them.

What does the future hold for Howe?

It would have to be a really good offer to tempt Eddie to leave. The one that worries me the most is the England job - I think if he was ever offered it he’d take it.

But for the moment he’s so invested in Bournemouth, everything’s built around him. He also gets on extremely well with the owner. So it’s going to be very difficult for a club to prize him away now.

I’d never say never, and I will be prepared for him to go at some point, but he’s got a young family and Bournenouth is a very nice area. If he ever felt like he couldn’t take the club any further, maybe he would leave. Who knows!

15% of the book’s earnings go to charity

Eddie Howe is a patron of Julia’s House Children’s Hospice so I thought it would be a really nice thing to give 15% of the earnings for the book to the hospice. It’s a charity that looks after very ill children in Dorset and Wiltshire, and they actually looked after Eddie’s son when he was very young, which is why he has a link with them.

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