Tuesday, 8 December 2015

We've got the special one

It reads well doesn't it. Eddie Howe 1, Jose Mourinho 0. A defeat of Chelsea though only brings three points in terms of the table and Eddie Howe has another game fast approaching with Luis vaan Gaal, who is another leading manager that has managed internationally as well as at club football. So what does Eddie Have to do to really become the special one?

Well beating Jose in his own backyard was an impressive start. Longevity in the game though is what Eddie Howe will have to aim for if he is to truly challenge winners like Jose and of course he needs to win silverware if he is to be ever judged against the best who have managed in the Premier League. The first task of just staying in the Premier League with AFCB this season is no less a task. We saw that Burnley's Sean Dyche could not manage it last season with his team, and in football there are no guarantees about what is around the corner.
Eddie Howe just keeps getting better.
It says much though that Eddie did not want to take any credit for the win at Chelsea for himself. Yet, the crowd only wanted to sing one name louder than any other, and to AFCB supporters there is a clear belief that what he has done for the club in the last seven years marks him out as the special one. Having already picked up the manager of the decade award from the League Managers' Association in 2015, Eddie has nothing to prove down on the south coast, but is still intent on challenging himself to get the best out of this current crop of extraordinary players.

In many ways Eddie is brave to continue to work at AFCB as he could look to work with a bigger club with a bigger budget. Eddie seems to want to build AFCB up though and as a result everyone is benefiting from the experience that Premier League football has brought to the Dorset club. If he can keep AFCB in the Premier League though, it will be the biggest achievement in his career.

AFCB have  drawn Birmingham away in the FA CUP Third Round. The ties are played between 8-11 January 2016.

Don't forget to get down to Altamira, sponsors of Cherry Chimes, to find that special Christmas present for your loved one!

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