Sunday, 24 June 2018

Signings aplenty for Dean Court Days!

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I ventured down to the In off the post shop on Old Christchurch Road yesterday, to see how Michael Dunne's Dean Court Days was drawing the AFCB fans to the area. The book signing had a couple of ex-Cherry players in attendance with Paul Morrell and Richard Cooke happy to sign a few copies and get snapped next to the pages that told the story of Harry Redknapp's colourful years at Dean Court.

Richard Cooke, Michael Dunne and Paul Morrell.
The loveable ex-West Ham and Portsmouth manager could not make it in person, but there was plenty of talk about the good old days and some anecdotes that I had not heard of about what the players got up to on one of their pre-season tournament trips. I won't enlighten you here, but Paul Morrell might share such tales and a hapless Willo on another occasion if he holds another player's Forum.
Michael Dunne with a shelf of Dean Court Days.
I had previously been up to the stadium itself and was pleased to find out that the Dean Court Days had completely sold out at Bournemouth's club shop. Fathers Day had no doubt stripped the shelves bare. So I was glad to see a few copies still  on display at In Off the Post.

Michael Dunne told me that he chatted to Harry Redknapp on at least three occasions when compiling the book and had to trawl through hours of microfilm to research some of the details for the book, but some of his best insights came from interviewing the likes of Paul Morrell, Richard Cooke and Shaun Teale who could pick out some of the highlights of the Redknapp years.


It was good to see that a few young Bournemouth fans had also come into the shop to see what was going on and Paul Morrell could at least explain that he played in what was Charlie Daniels' place in today's modern squad. Most of us though were old enough to remember the days when Richard Cooke would storm down the wing and leave Man Utd's Arthur Albiston far behind. Michael Dunne even suggested that United kept changing their full backs to give someone else a go at trying to stop the flying Richard Cooke who eventually left Dean Court to join Luton Town before returning to the Cherries in 1991.

The In off the Post Shop front window display.
Richard Cooke said it was sad that Willo could not be at the event yesterday, but that he was out of the country. Willo and Morrell were certainly at the heart of practical jokes in the Redknapp years and I know there are still a few more tales that you will find out about if you pick up your copy of Dean Court Days.

Dean Court Days is available on Amazon and is published by Pitch Publishing.

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Saturday, 23 June 2018

Do Cherries have the perfect replacement if Howe ever decided to leave?

Stephen Purches has been awarded the UEFA Pro License having completed the highest level of UEFA's coaching badges. There will be few Bournemouth fans that would ever want Eddie Howe to leave the club, but to me it looks like when that day arrives the Cherries might be in a better position now with Purches having passed all the badges to coach and manage at that level.
Is Stephen Purches well enough equipped to
fill the gap if Eddie Howe did decide to spread his wings?
Of course, he would be unproven as a manger and it would be a risk whenever Bournemouth have to change managers, but at least the club has an eye on the future. The thought of Howe suddenly being picked up by another club one day and AFCB having to bring an outsider in to manage in the Premier League actually terrifies me whenever Howe is linked with a managerial vacancy.

Badges are only a stepping stone though to learning and much more will have been learned on the job with Purches having taken charge of the U21s at Bournemouth and coaching the first team in recent years. His job may well get much busier with the new training facilities being set up in Poole and hopefully Purches can learn more from Edie Howe in the next few years so that there is a good continuity built up between the staff and players.

Coastal Garden Buildings

I'm sure that Purches coaching career and many of the other blocks that are being put into place around the club are being done, because Howe wants the club to have a stable and long term future. What he won't be able to control though is whether Purches himself finds that a job offer comes that would enable him to take the opportunity at first team management that might not be at AFCB.

Dean Court Days- Signing Today!
In other news, Michael Dunne is holding a signing day for Dean Court Days today  between 1-3pm at the In off the far post shop, 901 Old Christchurch Road, in Pokesdown BH7 6AX. Richard Cooke and Paul Morrell are also popping in to sign a few copies of the book as well.

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Friday, 22 June 2018

Bournemouth's defender search leads them to West Ham

Declan Rice in his new West Ham kit - will he get to wear it next season?
The Sun has reported that West Ham United's Declan Rice may be potentially a target for the Cherries and Crystal Palace, after being told he will not be an automatic starter for Manuel Pelligrini's Hammers. New signing Issa Diop is expected to take his place. A glimpse of what the Cherries could be buying was shown on the Sun's cheeky pages with a clip of Man City's 100th goal of the season in the last campaign which was a Declan Rice own goal. It certainly wasn't Rice's highlight of the season, but if he can't get in West Ham's side does that make him a good pick for Bournemouth?

The 19-year-old is an international player for the Republic of Ireland, although he is yet to win a competitive cap which does still make him eligible to play for England. Still, he had Irish grandparents and was reported in the Daily Mail recently as saying it is 'a load of ****' that he would consider changing allegiance to England.

Rice is reported as rejecting an £8000 a week deal to stay at the Hammers. He played 31 times for the London club in 2017/18. West Ham paid for more for Fulham's Ryan Federicks and it has meant that Rice is looking very likely to make a move this summer having only had one season in the Premier League. The defender would perhaps be more impressed if the Sun had shown his man of the match winning performance against Tottenham at Wembley last season. Just to show Bournemouth fans appreciate good defending, here is the clip that Declan posted himself on Twitter.

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Thursday, 21 June 2018

The Cherries should go back in for Leicester winger

Leicester City are said to be interested in bringing Andros Townsend to their club and said to be battling Newcastle for the privilege, according to the Guardian. The potential signing of Townsend at Leicester will reopen the debate as to whether Demarai Gray will seek a move this summer, after a lack of starting opportunities at the King Power stadium. AFC Bournemouth will again be at the top of the list for potential candidates to boost their squad with this long term target.
Is Demarai Grey more amenable to a move this transfer window ?

According to the Leicester Mercury, the Cherries made bids of up to £25m last summer for the wide man. That was despite Gray signing a new four-year deal at Leicester in November 2017. Last Season Gray played 35 games in the Premier League and scored three goals and one assists, but in 18 of those games he was a substitute coming on to play. Would Bournemouth be able to give him more starts? AFCB fans may question whether Gray is as good or better than Ryan Fraser, and I think they both have the attractive way of playing that excites Howe. Moreover, Marc Pugh has struggled more with injuries in the last campaign and Howe needs to put pressure on Fraser to get the best out of him.

Signing Gray would make sense in terms of another Englishman who has the ability to get into the national side and while Gray has done okay at Leicester, his career needs a boost to get him into the senior England squad. No doubt Howe would be telling the player that he can do that for him like he has done with Lewis Cook.


Demari Gray could still holds a grudge over the way Bournemouth tried to constantly sign him when he was a Birmingham player. But the way Bournemouth have never lost interest in him must at some point make him listen to what the Cherries have to offer. 

While Rihad Mahrez has not yet moved from Leicester, it is expected that he will leave to join Man City this summer. Leicester will not want to sell Gray, but Claude Puel may feel with the cash from Mahrez and potentially Gray he could bring in three or more players to the King Power which would give him more of a chance to put his stamp on the team which is still largely dominated by the players that Ranieri had from the title winning side.

Dean Court Days- get a signed copy!
In other news, Michael Dunne is holding a signing day for Dean Court Days on Saturday 23 June between 1-3pm at In off the far post, 901 Old Christchurch Road, in Pokesdown BH7 6AX. Richard Cooke and Paul Morrell are also popping in to sign a few copies of the book.

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Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Allsop finds new home at Wycombe

Ryan Allsop (Rocky) will be playing League One football next season at Wycombe Wanderers. The former Bournemouth keeper returns to Wycombe having played on loan there in 2016. Ryan has signed a three-year deal and will no doubt be relishing the chance to be a number one keeper.
Allsop finds a new club.
Allsop was one of Howe's signings in 2013, during Howe's second management spell at the club. While he quickly came into the team and proved a big asset in Bournemouth's promotion run to the Championship, he failed to hold down a place at that level and had a long period out of the game with glandular fever.

Before long, Ryan was heading out on loan at Coventry, Wycombe, Portsmouth, Blackpool and Lincoln City. He was seen as a keeper that would make it to the Premier League and he did play for Bournemouth against Everton in the Premier League in 2015 and against Leicester City in the 2016/17 season. But Allsop was overtaken by the signings of Adam Federici and Artur Boruc, and it has been clear for some time that Bournemouth were struggling to find a role for him at the club. Having been released by AFCB earlier this summer, he is free of the past and can look to see if he can be the best keeper he can be again.


Hopefully, Ryan can excel in League One like he did for the Cherries. He has not really had a permanent home for a few seasons now, but his fitness and performances helped Lincoln City to the Checkatrade Trophy last season, and he will want to make a good start at Wycombe who won promotion last season. We wish him all the best.

Meanwhile, AFCB have announced pre-season games against Sevilla and Levante.

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You can order a copy of Dean Court Days on Amazon

Dean Court Days- get a signed copy!
I other news, Michael Dunne is holding a signing day for Dean Court Days on Saturday 23 June between 1-3pm at In off the far post, 901 Old Christchurch Road, in Pokesdown BH7 6AX. Richard Cooke and Paul Morrell are also popping in to sign a few copies of the book.

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Go to Neil Warnock for transfer news - mystery Bournemouth signing

Bournemouth have not made a signing on record but confirmation that the Cherries have got a deal done comes from an unexpected source - Cardiff manager, Neil Warnock. Warnock claims that "Bournemouth have just bough a player that we were looking at actually, but it was more than what our budget was," said Warnock.
While Cardiff City are taking so much interest in ACB, why don't they look at Emerson Hyndman?
The Championship promotion specialist was reviewing the Premier League fixtures and in particular assessing Cardiff's chances in the first game of next season when he mentioned the transfer deal on Wales On Line last week. Why has there been no official announcement from AFCB? Has a deal been held up for some reason? My guess is that Sheffield United might have agreed to let David Brooks go after Bournemouth's continued pursuit. Warnock has strong contacts with United and will know all about the player who was playing games in the Championship.

Perhaps we can expect an announcement in the next day or two? We could find that the signing though is for a youth player that is not such headline news. The mystery player though is fascinating to speculate about.


While Cardiff our linked with an interest in Dan Gosling, I wonder if Eddie Howe would be more ken on passing on another Bournemouth midfielder who has not come up to the grade as far as Howe has shown so far - Emerson Hyndman. The midfielder played 59 minutes in Bournemouth's last Premier League game against Burnley before being replaced by Gosling and needs a club where he can play football having had little opportunity at the Cherries.

You can order a copy of Dean Court Days on Amazon

Dean Court Days- get a signed copy!
I other news, Michael Dunne is holding a signing day for Dean Court Days on Saturday 23 June between 1-3pm at In off the far post, 901 Old Christchurch Road, in Pokesdown BH7 6AX. Richard Cooke and Paul Morrell are also popping in to sign a few copies of the book.

Bournemouth striker seeks pay rise

Calum Wilson has sought a wage rise to £60,000/week, according to the Sun on Sunday. The forward is hoping to improve his pay structure and stay at AFCB. But if the Cherries decide that Wilson is not yet deserving of a pat rise, that could signal to clubs that the striker who was equal top in the Cherries' equal top scorer in 2017/18 could be a possible transfer candidate.
Is Wilson worthy of a pay rise?
Bournemouth are facing a turbulent summer with not only trying to get signings in, but now having to pay out just to keep hold of their main stars. The club has to weigh up how important it is to keep hold of individuals and how much the wage structure has to be revised in such circumstances. Bournemouth have seen some big names like Jermain Defoe and Nathan AkΓ© sign for the club on terms that have no doubt broken the pay structure. Now there is a need to keep the dressing room harmonious ahead of the new season while also trying to attract new players that are value for money.

Wilson's claims for a higher pay day could succeed, considering that his last contract was in the summer of 2016, and he is half way through his contract having recovered from two potentially career breaking injuries. Keeping that focussed to come back and be the man striker for the club has shown how much Callum wants to play for the club, and if any player is deserving of being among the high earners at the club it should arguably be the players that want the responsibility to keep the club up.

Being cash-rich in the Premier League still means that AFCB have to balance the books and when the club has been successful, it is only natural that those who have shared in that success want to be rewarded. It cannot be easy either to see new players then come to the club on better salaries, and it is a problem that AFCB have to manage well to keep everyone together and pushing in the same direction. If players don't except the best offer that the club can make them though, it will be better to find other players that can.

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You can order a copy of Dean Court Days on Amazon

Dean Court Days- get a signed copy!

I other news, Michael Dunne is holding a signing day for Dean Court Days on Saturday 23 June between 1-3pm at In off the far post, 901 Old Christchurch Road, in Pokesdown BH7 6AX. Richard Cooke and Paul Morrell are also popping in to sign a few copies of the book.