Eddie Howe

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Eddie Howe
Eddie Howe 2015.jpg
Howe in 2015
Personal information
Full name Edward John Frank Howe[1]
Date of birth (1977-11-29) 29 November 1977 (age 39)[1]
Place of birth Amersham, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[1]
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Bournemouth (manager)
Youth career
0000–1994 Bournemouth
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.

Edward John Frank "Eddie" Howe (born 29 November 1977) is an English former professional 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.[2] Howe rescued Bournemouth from relegation out of the Football League in his first season in charge, after the club started the season on −17 points, then led them to promotion the next. After a brief spell as manager at Burnley Howe returned to Bournemouth and led them to two further promotions in three seasons resulting in the club playing in the top flight of English football for the first time in their history. Howe's successes with Bournemouth resulted in him being given the inaugural Football League Manager of the Decade Award in 2015.[3][4]

Playing career[edit]

Howe was born in Amersham, Buckinghamshire.[1] He began his footballing career with local youth teams Rossgarth [5] and Parley Sports [6] before starting his professional career at Bournemouth.[7] He made his first-team debut in December 1995 against Hull City.[5] Howe established himself as an important player in Bournemouth's defence and in 1998 he was selected for the England Under-21 team in the Toulon Tournament.[5]

In March 2002, Portsmouth signed Howe for £400,000, making him new manager Harry Redknapp's first signing. Shortly after signing, a knee injury on his debut against Preston North End F.C.[8] 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[9] 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 after two injury-ravaged seasons with Portsmouth. With the club in a very poor financial state, supporters joined together to create "Eddieshare" to fund a transfer fee. Within days of creation, £21,000 was raised funding the required permanent transfer fee.[5] After a further three seasons and over 270 appearances, in 2007 injuries forced his retirement as a player and he moved into coaching with the reserve squad.[5]

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.[10] In September 2008, Howe lost his job when Bond was sacked as manager.[5]


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.[11] 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.[12]

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.[13]

In early 2011, Howe was approached by several other clubs but on 11 January announced that he was staying at Bournemouth.[14] However, on 14 January 2011, Howe became the new Burnley manager after the club agreed a compensation deal with Bournemouth.[15][16] He took charge of his 100th and final Bournemouth match of his first time with the club, later that day in a 2–1 defeat away to Colchester United.[17]


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.[18] His first game in charge of Burnley was away to Scunthorpe on 22 January 2011, which ended in a 0–0 draw.[19] Burnley finished 8th in the Championship in season 2010-11 and 13th in season 2011-12 under Howe.[20][21] He left Burnley in October 2012 citing "personal reasons" for his departure.[22]

Return to Bournemouth[edit]

In October 2012, he rejoined his former club Bournemouth as manager.[5] 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 finishing runner-up and one point behind champions, Doncaster Rovers.[23][24] In season 2013-14, Howe's Bournemouth finished 10th in the Championship, six points outside of the play-off positions.[25]

On 19 April 2015, Howe was selected as the Manager of the Decade at the Football League Awards.[26]

On 27 April 2015, he secured Bournemouth's promotion to the Premier League.[27] Bournemouth beat Bolton Wanderers 3–0 at the Goldsands Stadium, a win which whilst not guaranteeing Premier League football for the 2015–16 season, required third placed side Middlesbrough to overcome a 19-goal goal difference with one game left in the season. Howe said of the promotion and of Bournemouth supporters, "It shouldn't be them thanking me, it should be me thanking them. It is a family club and deserves its moment in the sun."[28] Bournemouth confirmed their promotion on the last day of the season, 2 May 2015, with a 3–0 victory at Charlton Athletic and, due to already-promoted Watford's failure to win their last match, were crowned champions of the league.[29]

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of match played 25 February 2017
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team From To Record Ref
P W D L Win %
Bournemouth 31 December 2008 16 January 2011 102 51 18 33 50.0 [11][30]
Burnley 16 January 2011 12 October 2012 87 34 19 34 39.1 [30]
Bournemouth 12 October 2012 Present 215 98 46 71 45.6 [30]
Total 404 183 83 138 45.3

List of seasons[edit]

As of 2 December 2016[31][32][33][34]
  • 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 1st 4R 5R &
2015–16 Premier League1 16th 5R 4R &

1 First tier

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.[39] Howe was a boyhood supporter of Everton. His footballing hero was Gary Lineker.[40]


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