Howe's That! Eddie Should Scoop Manager Award If Cherries Survive

Andy Dillon by Andy Dillon / 07 July 2015, 13:55

Eddie HoweThe Sun's Andy Dillon (@andydillon70) looks at the daunting task that faces Eddie Howe as Bournemouth prepare for their first season in the Premier League...

EDDIE HOWE has a chance to fly the English flag this season as he prepares for a desperate battle for survival with Bournemouth.

Should he achieve the near impossible and keep them in The Premier League there is no question that he should be the manager of the year.

It is a sad fact that only two Englishmen have won this prestigious award since football overwent its massive revamp in 1992 and moved into the Premier League age.

They are Harry Redknapp and Alan Pardew.

Redknapp was honoured for getting Tottenham into The Champions League in 2010 by finishing fourth.

Pardew's recognition came after he steered Newcastle United to the club's highest finish in nine years - fifth.

Pardew should have been a contender for his achievement in dragging Crystal Palace out of the bottom three in January to finish in the top half of the table last season.

But again this underlines the increasing perception that English managers know best how to save clubs but are not trusted with the glamour jobs any longer.

It is a depressing reflection on the state of our national game that even our home grown coaches are being squeezed out.

And even more deflating that the best we can hope for this season is that Eddie Howe will be considered a success should his team not get relegated.

Alex Ferguson, Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger have rightly dominated the managerial honours list since the Premier League was born 23 years ago.

But behind the big-hitters there are the likes of George Burley, Kenny Dalglish and Tony Pulis who have been putting English bosses in the shade.

Former QPR boss Redknapp is more despairing than most that his fellow Englishmen are often overlooked for the top jobs in football these days.

Mourinho has won titles and trophies in two stints with Chelsea, Wenger has been arguably the most consistent coach of them all and Ferguson's credentials don't require debate of course.

But there is a belief that guys like Howe, Steve Cotterill at Bristol City, Simon Grayson at Preston and Burnley's Sean Dyche could do almost as well if they were given the wad of cash that their foreign counterparts are handed when they get jobs at the richest and most glamorous clubs.

What's the harder job this season? Keeping Chelsea on top or keeping Bournemouth off the bottom?

Howe has the smallest budget of all and the biggest challenge of any manager in the country next season in trying to avoid failure.

He will start the job on August 8 at home to Aston Villa so there's a good chance he will get off to a winning start.

The first priority is Premier League survival but the biggest job is swerving the real prospect of setting a new record with the lowest amount of points from a season in the top flight.

Derby County are the current unhappy holders of that dubious honour with 11 points from 2008.

Howe is a rookie in Premier League management and although the schedule is slightly easier on the legs with only 38 league games instead of the 46 in The Championship, it is going to sap his mind like never before.

If he survives it he should be recognised by his peers and with a new job.


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