After the recent controversy over Frank De Boer’s sacking at Crystal Palace, it has got many people questioning how much trust boards have in their managers. Just four games into the season and one Premier League manager has already been shown the exit door. Another that should feel a little nervous right now is Bournemouth’s, Eddie Howe.
If you look at the Premier League table right now, Crystal Palace have no wins, no draws and four losses. The worst thing is they haven’t scored a single goal. Look one place higher and you will see Bournemouth. Admittedly, they have played Arsenal and Manchester City, but they also failed to pick up any points at home against Watford or away at West Brom. The Cherries only goal came against Man City and that proved a consolation.
With the expected outcome of the Premier League, you would think Eddie Howe has to quickly start producing results. If not, Bournemouth will start to notice how tough the league can get during the worst of times. It would be the last thing the Cherries boss would want. Even with the recent success at the club: taking them into the top English tier, and then maintaining their Premier League status. A couple of bad games and you can see your job in jeopardy.
Fans will start to get on your back and the club board will start to become uneasy. The only difference Eddie Howe has that Frank De Boer didn’t have was the time already spent at the club and the relationships he’s developed throughout. Frank De Boer wasn’t even at Crystal Palace for three months. How can you expect a manager to do so well in such a short period of time when he has had no experience of the same situation beforehand?
Bournemouth’s next home game is against Brighton, who just recently beat West Brom 3-1. If they don’t get a result against the Seagulls there will be serious questions about Howe’s future. Especially given the consequences of De Boer’s sacking.
Desperate times call for desperate measures and Eddie Howe will no doubt be aware of what he has to do. Any tactical changes or a switch of formation may be key for Bournemouth in their next game. It could even come down to players’ attitude. Playing deep will lead Brighton on to attacking opportunities, but playing higher up will also be risky for the Cherries defence. If caught out they could easily concede.
Chances need to be created, but Brighton have only conceded one goal over their past three games so it won’t be easy. Getting in front early on could be an important tactic for Bournemouth, as Brighton haven’t actually scored many goals themselves. A total of just three so far.
When it comes to managing in the top English league, criticism comes fast when something better is expected of you. Whatever Eddie Howe decides to do against Brighton needs to result in a win to rekindle Bournemouth’s Premier League campaign. If they keep failing to pick up points, he knows what will be heading his way.