Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe given public backingby Jack Kitson / 09 February 2017, 12:37Tweet
Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe has become the latest Premier League manager to be publicly backed by his chairman.
The show of support comes two days after Leicester City gave their “unwavering support” to the under-fire Claudio Ranieri, who is currently the favourite for the sack, just nine months after lifting the Premier League title.
Public backing is more popularly known as “the dreaded vote of confidence”, which in recent seasons has boomeranged back to haunt managers such as Alan Pardew, Jose Mourinho and Brendan Rodgers.
But, while it’s ludicrous to think that Howe would be sacked, it’s strange that his chairman, Jeff Mostyn, has suddenly felt the need to publicly give the 39-year-old his full support.
Howe created history in 2015 after he led Bournemouth up into the Premier League for the first time, before preserving the club’s top-flight status with a 16th place finish.
This has in turn led to the English manager being touted as a possible successor to Arsene Wenger at Arsenal.
However, the Cherries have struggled with inconsistency this season, failing to win back-to-back games, although four victories in eight leading up to the New Year represents a decent return.
Bournemouth have since endured a poor start to 2017, failing to win a single top-flight game (D2 L3), which has seen them drop to 14th, and dragged to within a worrying five points of the dreaded drop zone.
One major problem, that desperately needs some meticulous attention, is the club’s leaky defence, which has conceded three or more goals in nine of their last 13 matches in all competitions - a dreadful statistic which could well be extended to double figures when they host Man City on Monday…