Tag: Bournemouth

Match Of The Week: Bournemouth 1-3 Southampton

At some imperceptible point, somewhere between January and March, the football season switches its rhythm. No longer can one look at the league table, work out the gap between your team and the automatic promotion places, and blithely say, “We can make that gap up”. Every match matters, even though three points won in April are, in the overall scheme of things, worth no more than those won in August. Matches between two teams near the top or bottom of the table become “six pointers”, in which a single win or loss can suddenly make the difference between a promotion race that will go to the wire or an insurmountable gap being opened up. In League One, Brighton & Hove Albion have stumbled upon that most happy of coincidences – they’re playing well and riding their luck. Last Saturday, a last minute winner netted them two extra points from  a knockabout match against Carlisle United. On Tuesday night, an own goal goal them all three points from a trip to Brentford. If they may now be considered a shoo-in for promotion at the end of the season (and something particularly horrid would have to happen to them now for them to lose the eight point gap – with two games in hand – that they have built up so far this season), attention now turns to the second automatic...

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Whether For Pragmatic Reasons Or Emotional, Eddie Howe Has Made The Right Decision

We have mentioned the madness surrounding the current employment of football managers on this site before in recent weeks, but today there was a rare outbreak of common sense as Bournemouth’s Eddie Howe decided, after much speculation and tribulation, to stay with the club that gave him his chance in management and turn down the overtures of Crystal Palace and Charlton Athletic. Howe was honest enough to say that he had been seriously considering leaving the club on account of the offers made to him, but stated that it was ultimately the quality of his players and the momentum behind his team that led him to make the decision to stay. Howe cuts a singular figure as a football manager. He was brought up in Verwood, barely fifteen miles from Bournemouth, and had two spells at the club as a player, making over two hundred and fifty appearances for them before returning as their manager at the age of just twenty-nine, having retired two years earlier on account of a persistent injury. Financial difficulties meant that the club had a transfer embargo in place for much of last season, but he still managed to guide the club to promotion to League One and has continued his good work there this season – a win for Southampton this evening knocked them down to third place in the table, but such...

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Light At The End Of The Tunnel At Bournemouth

Even I’m getting bored with my cynicism these days, so I can only apologise to you. The moment I saw the ice being applied to Wayne Rooney’s “injured” ankle at Bolton last weekend, I was applying those inverted commas in my head. I was not a jot surprised when Man Yoo’s BBC spokesperson Michael Phelan said that Giggs was the main doubt for the Valencia. Even when the “Rooney out for three weeks” story came out and I saw pictures of the spud-faced nipper leaving hospital, I never once thought, “Oooh, maybe this injury is for real after all.” When I read the Portsmouth News headline “Clampers are not down to us, say Pompey,” my first thought was, “what’s Gaydamak up to?” remembering that he still owned the land around Portsmouth’s Fratton Park. And every time Andrew Andronikou opens his mouth, I hear Jeremy Paxman’s voice inside my head (which is not fun), saying “why is this lying bastard lying to me?” (even though Paxman no more said that than Bogart said “play it again, Sam”). Now, OK, I was right about Gaydamak. And there is a school of thought the size of Lincolnshire that I may be right about Andronikou. But my ability to see the worst in football finance people from the word go is, I’m sure, clouding my judgement on some issues. So I’m more than...

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AFC Bournemouth – Football Club Pays Taxes Shock!!!

The more mischievous sub-editors at the Bournemouth Daily Echo must have been tempted to produce the above headline when chairman Eddie Mitchell recently announced that AFC Bournemouth had indeed paid their taxes prior to the latest High Court winding-up hearing involving a football club. It seemed the ultimate good news story at a club which, in unfeasibly young manager Eddie Howe, has provided the best good news story of the last two seasons. Promotion is still an option after the Easter weekend fixtures for a side that has had to be, almost literally at times, patched together, as a result of the stringent transfer embargo placed upon the club for past financial misdemeanours. And while the taxes have been paid, Mitchell has maintained a superficially sensible stance on the club’s financial situation, namely, “We’re not out of the woods yet.” The “legacy debt” which has kept them in the High Court loop wasn’t just tax. In fact, all kinds of everything was owed to all kinds of people after Sport-6’s disastrous year in charge. Ground rent arrears, directors’ loans, the milkman (I made that last one up, albeit without any conviction that I’m wrong) were among a list of creditors published by Mitchell a month ago. Work still needs to be done. Supporters and others attached to the club seem capable of completing that work. The debts up to...

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Bournemouth & Cardiff’s Risky Strategies

Two clubs that haven’t yet resolved their differences with the taxman are AFC Bournemouth and Cardiff City. Mark Murphy has been taking a look at both clubs, and finds a bit of a high risk strategy taking place at each.

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