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 Eddie 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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1 comment:

  1. I guess it would all depend on when and where we were in terms of League? Hopefully he won't go for a while, we may be grooming a successor but if we were still punching above our weight in The PL would Max D and the board take a chance on a complete rookie?