Eddie Howe

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Eddie Howe
Personal information
Full name Edward John Frank Howe
Date of birth (1977-11-29) 29 November 1977 (age 37)
Place of birth Amersham, Buckinghamshire, England
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Bournemouth (manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–2002 Bournemouth 201 (10)
2002–2004 Portsmouth 2 (0)
2004 Swindon Town (loan) 0 (0)
2004 Bournemouth (loan) 17 (1)
2004–2007 Bournemouth 53 (1)
Total 273 (12)
National team
1998 England U21 2 (0)
Teams managed
2008–2011 Bournemouth
2011–2012 Burnley
2012– Bournemouth
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Edward John Frank "Eddie" Howe (born 29 November 1977) is an English former footballer and manager. A defender before retirement who spent much of his career at Bournemouth, he was the youngest manager in the Football League when appointed Bournemouth manager in January 2009.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Howe began his professional career at AFC Bournemouth[1], after playing for local youth teams Parley Sports and Rossgarth YFC. He soon established himself as an important player, making his debut against Hull City. His performances earned him many admirers and he was selected for the Football League side that played their Italian counterparts in a special friendly, as well as being capped for the England Under-21 team in the Toulon Tournament in 1998.[2]

In March 2002, Portsmouth signed Howe for £400,000, making him new manager Harry Redknapp's first signing. He had played 237 games for Bournemouth. Howe began well at Portsmouth, but shortly after signing a knee injury on his debut against Preston North End[3] ended his season.

He returned for the opening game of the 2002–03 season against Nottingham Forest, but he injured his knee again after only nine minutes[4] and was ruled out for the entire campaign. He did not return to full fitness until January 2004 after 18 months out. He was loaned to Swindon Town on transfer deadline day in March, although he did not feature for the club.

Portsmouth loaned Howe back to Bournemouth for the first three months of the 2004–05. He proved to be successful on his return to his first club and in November 2004 Bournemouth re-signed him permanently on a free transfer, after chairman Peter Phillips made an appeal over the Internet for fans to pledge money to buy Howe. Such was Howe's popularity at Dean Court, the club received pledges of £13,500 in less than two days.[citation needed]

Managerial career[edit]

In December 2006, at the age of 29, Howe was promoted to the position of player-coach by manager Kevin Bond, and handed the task of coaching Bournemouth's reserve team, though he continued to play in the first team. He retired from football in summer 2007, after he was unable to recover from a knee injury.[5] In September 2008, Howe lost his job when Bond was sacked as manager.

AFC Bournemouth[edit]

Howe returned to Bournemouth as a youth coach under Jimmy Quinn and took over as caretaker manager when Quinn was sacked on 31 December 2008.[6] Even though his two games in charge as caretaker manager were away defeats, he was hired as the permanent manager of the club on 19 January 2009 and brought the club out of the relegation zone despite a 17-point deficit.

In the start of the 2009–10 season, Howe won eight out of the nine games, a club record. In November 2009, Championship club Peterborough United approached Howe to replace Darren Ferguson as their manager but Howe rejected their approach.[7]

Despite the club's transfer embargo remaining in place for the rest of the season, Bournemouth secured promotion to League One after two years in the fourth tier of English football thanks to a 2–0 away win at Burton Albion on 24 April 2010.[8]

In early 2011, Howe was approached by several other clubs but on 11 January announced that he was staying at Bournemouth.[9] However, on 14 January 2011, Howe became the new Burnley manager after the club agreed a compensation deal with Bournemouth.[10][11][12] He took charge of his 100th and final Bournemouth match later that day in a 2–1 defeat away to Colchester United.[13]


On 16 January 2011, Howe was announced as the new manager of Burnley after signing a three-and-a-half-year contract at the Championship club. His first game was a 4–2 FA Cup victory over League Two side Port Vale, with Chris Eagles scoring twice. His first league game was away to Scunthorpe, which ended in a 0–0 draw.

In March 2011, Howe told BBC Lancashire the fact that some of the players were older than him (Brian Jensen and Graham Alexander) makes his job interesting.[14]

Return to Bournemouth[edit]

On 12 October 2012, he rejoined his former club Bournemouth as manager. He won the League One Manager of the Month for November after guiding the club to three league wins and two draws, as well as an FA Cup victory. On 20 April 2013, he secured promotion to the Championship with AFC Bournemouth.[15]

On 19 April 2015, Howe was selected as the Manager of the Decade at the Football League Awards.[16]

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 27 April 2015
Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win
Bournemouth England 31 December 2008 16 January 2011 102 51 18 33 50.00
Burnley England 16 January 2011 12 October 2012 87 34 19 34 39.08
Bournemouth England 12 October 2012 Present 141 75 31 35 53.19
Total 330 160 68 102 48.48

List of seasons[edit]

As of 3 May 2014[17][18][19][20]
  • Cup = FA Cup
  • LC = League Cup
  • FLT = Football League Trophy
  • FLP = Football League Playoffs
Champions Runners-up Third / SF Promoted Unfinished
Season Club Nat Division Domestic Trophies
League Cup LC FLT
2008–09 Bournemouth England League Two4 21st &
2009–10 League Two 2nd 2R 1R 2R 0
2010–11 League One3 3rd 2R 1R 1R 0
2010–11 Burnley Championship2 8th 5R &
2011–12 Championship 13th 3R 4R &
2012–13 Championship 16th 3R 3R &
2012–13 Bournemouth League One 2nd 3R &
2013–14 Championship 10th 4R 2R &
2014–15 Championship 2nd 4R 5R &

2 Second tier

3 Third tier

4 Fourth tier



Personal life[edit]

Howe is married and has two children. He has the letter R tattooed on his wrist, in memory of a black labrador called Rodney he owned while an apprentice at Bournemouth.[24]


  1. ^ "Howe handed permanent role". Sky Sports. 19 January 2009. Retrieved 19 January 2009. 
  2. ^ "Eddie Howe". Team Profiles. A.F.C. Bournemouth. Retrieved 23 April 2009. 
  3. ^ "Preston 2–0 Portsmouth". BBC. 30 March 2002. Retrieved 23 March 2012. 
  4. ^ "Portsmouth 2–0 N Forest". BBC. 10 August 2002. Retrieved 23 March 2012. 
  5. ^ "Bournemouth defender Howe retires". BBC News. 23 June 2007. Retrieved 23 April 2009. 
  6. ^ "Quinn parts company with Cherries". BBC Sport. 1 January 2009. Retrieved 1 January 2009. 
  7. ^ "My heart is at Bournemouth — Howe". BBC News. 12 November 2009. 
  8. ^ a b "League Two Focus: Bournemouth promoted". London: The Sunday Times. 25 April 2010. Retrieved 20 June 2010. 
  9. ^ "Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe to stay at Dean Court". BBC. 11 January 2011. Retrieved 11 January 2011. 
  10. ^ http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/sport/8791985.Cherries__Howe_agrees_terms_with_Burnley/
  11. ^ "Howe confirmed as Burnley manager". BBC News. 16 January 2011. 
  12. ^ "Howe confirmed as Burnley manager". BBC News. 16 January 2011. 
  13. ^ "Colchester 2–1 Bournemouth". BBC Sport. 14 January 2011. Retrieved 16 January 2011. 
  14. ^ "Howe Is New Burnley Manager". Burnley F.C. 16 January 2011. Retrieved 16 January 2011. 
  15. ^ http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/sport/10108600.Cherries__Howe_named_manager_of_the_month/
  16. ^ "Winners announced for The Football League Awards 2015". The Football League. Retrieved 22 April 2015. 
  17. ^ Bournemouth League History, Retrieved 24 February 2014.
  18. ^ Bournemouth Cup History, Retrieved 24 February 2014.
  19. ^ Burnley League History, Retrieved 24 February 2014.
  20. ^ Burnley Cup History, Retrieved 24 February 2014.
  21. ^ "Bournemouth's Howe and Wilson secure October awards". skysports.com. 7 November 2014. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  22. ^ http://www1.skysports.com/football/news/11743/9796455/eddie-howe-takes-championship-manager-award
  23. ^ http://www.football-league.co.uk/news/article/2015/football-league-announces-its-team-of-the-decade-2411700.aspx
  24. ^ "A day in the life of Bournemouth’s manager Eddie Howe". The Guardian. 16 December 2014. Retrieved 30 December 2014. 

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