Business as usual for Burnley boss Howe

EDDIE Howe insists it is 'business as usual’ for him at Burnley, despite speculation linking him with a return to former club Bournemouth.

The Clarets boss is understood to be a target for the Cherries as they search for a new manager following Paul Groves’ departure on Wednesday.

But Howe, who played for and managed his boyhood club – leading the fight against the drop and going on to win promotion in his first full season in charge in 2010 – played down the prospect of a Cherries reunion ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Crystal Palace.

“This is a Bournemouth story, it’s not really one I should comment on.

“But I’m proud to be Burnley manager, we’ve just started the job and we feel there’s a long way to go,” said Howe, who along with ex-Burnley boss Steve Cotterill was installed as the bookmakers’ joint favourite to succeed Groves, at 6/4.

Sources in Bournemouth revealed Cherries chairman Eddie Mitchell could be ready to make an official approach in the coming days, although the League One club could also consider MK Dons boss Karl Robinson. Former Portsmouth and Spurs boss Harry Redknapp already has a role at the club, as an unpaid advisor, following his departure from White Hart Lane, and last night ruled himself out of the running.

But as Howe prepares for tomorrow’s trip to Selhurst Park, he stressed: “There are no distractions, you can’t afford distractions.

“We’ve had to prepare in training and everything else that goes with it. I can assure you that everyone’s mind is 100 per cent on this game.”

The 34-year-old insists his only focus is on making up for dropping four points from winning positions in their last two home games.

“We recognise that defensively we haven’t been good enough this year,” he added. “Generally in open play we’ve been okay, but the last two games we haven’t been.

“I don’t think there’s anything majorly wrong, it’s not crisis time.

“We’re three unbeaten and we have to remember that. The last two games felt like defeats, but they have been points on the board.

“We’re aiming for consistency and a run of games undefeated, and hopefully that’s a start.”

He added: “We feel we’re not far away, there were some really positive spells in the first half on Tuesday against Sheffield Wednesday, and some of our play was excellent.

“The (first two) goals we scored came from 15 passes apiece, starting from Lee Grant.”

The players held a dressing room inquest after the final whistle of their midweek 3-3 draw with Sheffield Wednesday, after surrendering their lead three times.

Although Howe was disappointed and frustrated by the result, the Clarets boss admitted he took encouragement from the debate.

“I haven’t seen that type of response before, to that sort of level, and it was refreshing to see,” he said.

“Quite a few of the players spoke with heart and showed they genuinely care, and I’m sure every supporter will be pleased to hear that.

“They care deeply about their profession and want to be successful, and when you want to be successful in the environment you’re in you’ve got to demand a lot from each other.

“That was a huge step for us.”

Howe hopes to have Jason Shackell and Chris McCann available for the Palace game, but said neither would be rushed back from their respective knee problems before the two-week break for internationals.

“We’ve missed Shacks – with him in the side we have looked tighter,” he said. “We’ll wait and see.”

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2:34pm Fri 5 Oct 12

RUinsane says...

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3:28pm Fri 5 Oct 12

fylde exile says...

What sort of nonsensical comment is that? Do you expect Shackell and McCann to play or don't you? If there is a two week break after Saturday and they are that important surely they should be included if at all possible,otherwise if there is no chance,then tell us now.One day isn't going to make much difference.Five goals conceded at home against poor opposition one of whom had lost their previous six is pathetic,so something needs redressing quickly.I'd love for a clean sheet tomorrow no matter who plays, then there would not be a need for more drivel and excuses.
What sort of nonsensical comment is that? Do you expect Shackell and McCann to play or don't you? If there is a two week break after Saturday and they are that important surely they should be included if at all possible,otherwise if there is no chance,then tell us now.One day isn't going to make much difference.Five goals conceded at home against poor opposition one of whom had lost their previous six is pathetic,so something needs redressing quickly.I'd love for a clean sheet tomorrow no matter who plays, then there would not be a need for more drivel and excuses. fylde exile

4:18pm Fri 5 Oct 12

midas says...

I would keep Stock in rather than McCann (for the first 45 mins anyway!)
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keep the opposition guessing but I hope Shackell plays as the right centre back.
I would keep Stock in rather than McCann (for the first 45 mins anyway!) . keep the opposition guessing but I hope Shackell plays as the right centre back. midas

10:12pm Fri 5 Oct 12

noddy57 says...

those dingles are being spoilt, some want howe out of turd moor,,me l think hes as good as steve kean,,if you can keep hold of that swindon reject and retain the supplier for the front man ,,then you may just keep your championship status,,cheerio now,,Ewood empire,,,,built by magnates,,,steel magnates,Jack walker,,legend,,
those dingles are being spoilt, some want howe out of turd moor,,me l think hes as good as steve kean,,if you can keep hold of that swindon reject and retain the supplier for the front man ,,then you may just keep your championship status,,cheerio now,,Ewood empire,,,,built by magnates,,,steel magnates,Jack walker,,legend,, noddy57

8:23am Sat 6 Oct 12

Harwoodstblue says...

10500 Home gates !!!! - ALARMING - What's the boycott for lads ?????????
10500 Home gates !!!! - ALARMING - What's the boycott for lads ????????? Harwoodstblue

8:37am Sat 6 Oct 12

Chris P Bacon says...

A Grintwum speaks;

"Sin Buuurnleh fans refuse to come on 'Telegraph forum due to it being a shermful 'Rorvuhs lap-dog fan-boy, we'll 'ave ter gor on it and wahnd them up who morstler aren't thee-er.'

is pretty much what I get about this farrago of stupidity assumed by the Grintwums as their superiority because most Burnley people boycott the paper due to its glaringly obvious bias.

But carry on your berating, knuckle-draggers; your optimism strikes us like junk-mail addressed to the dead. And we won't be here to answer the door to you.
A Grintwum speaks; "Sin Buuurnleh fans refuse to come on 'Telegraph forum due to it being a shermful 'Rorvuhs lap-dog fan-boy, we'll 'ave ter gor on it and wahnd them up who morstler aren't thee-er.' is pretty much what I get about this farrago of stupidity assumed by the Grintwums as their superiority because most Burnley people boycott the paper due to its glaringly obvious bias. But carry on your berating, knuckle-draggers; your optimism strikes us like junk-mail addressed to the dead. And we won't be here to answer the door to you. Chris P Bacon

9:00am Sat 6 Oct 12

Chico! says...

Chris P Bacon wrote:
A Grintwum speaks;

"Sin Buuurnleh fans refuse to come on 'Telegraph forum due to it being a shermful 'Rorvuhs lap-dog fan-boy, we'll 'ave ter gor on it and wahnd them up who morstler aren't thee-er.'

is pretty much what I get about this farrago of stupidity assumed by the Grintwums as their superiority because most Burnley people boycott the paper due to its glaringly obvious bias.

But carry on your berating, knuckle-draggers; your optimism strikes us like junk-mail addressed to the dead. And we won't be here to answer the door to you.
What's it got to do with you, coward?

These are pages for football fans, not for simpering nancy-boys who are too scared/ashamed/embar
rassed (delete as appropriate) to admit who they support.

Can't wait for your mealy-mouthed foot stamping "ith none of your blinking bithnith who I thupport you nasty bully" reply.

Poor little Crispin. Keep sucking up to the dingles. You spineless coco shunter.

Ha ha.
[quote][p][bold]Chris P Bacon[/bold] wrote: A Grintwum speaks; "Sin Buuurnleh fans refuse to come on 'Telegraph forum due to it being a shermful 'Rorvuhs lap-dog fan-boy, we'll 'ave ter gor on it and wahnd them up who morstler aren't thee-er.' is pretty much what I get about this farrago of stupidity assumed by the Grintwums as their superiority because most Burnley people boycott the paper due to its glaringly obvious bias. But carry on your berating, knuckle-draggers; your optimism strikes us like junk-mail addressed to the dead. And we won't be here to answer the door to you.[/p][/quote]What's it got to do with you, coward? These are pages for football fans, not for simpering nancy-boys who are too scared/ashamed/embar rassed (delete as appropriate) to admit who they support. Can't wait for your mealy-mouthed foot stamping "ith none of your blinking bithnith who I thupport you nasty bully" reply. Poor little Crispin. Keep sucking up to the dingles. You spineless coco shunter. Ha ha. Chico!

9:28am Sat 6 Oct 12

UKdarran says...

Chris P Bacon wrote:
A Grintwum speaks;

"Sin Buuurnleh fans refuse to come on 'Telegraph forum due to it being a shermful 'Rorvuhs lap-dog fan-boy, we'll 'ave ter gor on it and wahnd them up who morstler aren't thee-er.'

is pretty much what I get about this farrago of stupidity assumed by the Grintwums as their superiority because most Burnley people boycott the paper due to its glaringly obvious bias.

But carry on your berating, knuckle-draggers; your optimism strikes us like junk-mail addressed to the dead. And we won't be here to answer the door to you.
This paper is ours, this paper is ourrrrrrs, we're Blackburn Rovers, this paper is ours.
[quote][p][bold]Chris P Bacon[/bold] wrote: A Grintwum speaks; "Sin Buuurnleh fans refuse to come on 'Telegraph forum due to it being a shermful 'Rorvuhs lap-dog fan-boy, we'll 'ave ter gor on it and wahnd them up who morstler aren't thee-er.' is pretty much what I get about this farrago of stupidity assumed by the Grintwums as their superiority because most Burnley people boycott the paper due to its glaringly obvious bias. But carry on your berating, knuckle-draggers; your optimism strikes us like junk-mail addressed to the dead. And we won't be here to answer the door to you.[/p][/quote]This paper is ours, this paper is ourrrrrrs, we're Blackburn Rovers, this paper is ours. UKdarran

9:44am Sat 6 Oct 12

RUinsane says...

Chris P Bacon wrote:
A Grintwum speaks;

"Sin Buuurnleh fans refuse to come on 'Telegraph forum due to it being a shermful 'Rorvuhs lap-dog fan-boy, we'll 'ave ter gor on it and wahnd them up who morstler aren't thee-er.'

is pretty much what I get about this farrago of stupidity assumed by the Grintwums as their superiority because most Burnley people boycott the paper due to its glaringly obvious bias.

But carry on your berating, knuckle-draggers; your optimism strikes us like junk-mail addressed to the dead. And we won't be here to answer the door to you.
I'd sooner be a knuckle dragger than a guy who shaves his legs like you.
Men who shave their legs just can't be right. Are you a mincer?
I also notice you disappeared from these pages whilst the weather was warm. But now its starting to get colder up you pop again. Real sportsmen train in all weathers. Unless I suppose you are one of these new olympic sportsmen, the ones who buy all the gear after wtaching the olympics. Another new cyclist wearing rubber underpants who puts his bike away during winter but still wears his rubber in the house. Next you'll be shaving your legs so you can make it to the kitchen 1 100ths of a second faster than last time.
[quote][p][bold]Chris P Bacon[/bold] wrote: A Grintwum speaks; "Sin Buuurnleh fans refuse to come on 'Telegraph forum due to it being a shermful 'Rorvuhs lap-dog fan-boy, we'll 'ave ter gor on it and wahnd them up who morstler aren't thee-er.' is pretty much what I get about this farrago of stupidity assumed by the Grintwums as their superiority because most Burnley people boycott the paper due to its glaringly obvious bias. But carry on your berating, knuckle-draggers; your optimism strikes us like junk-mail addressed to the dead. And we won't be here to answer the door to you.[/p][/quote]I'd sooner be a knuckle dragger than a guy who shaves his legs like you. Men who shave their legs just can't be right. Are you a mincer? I also notice you disappeared from these pages whilst the weather was warm. But now its starting to get colder up you pop again. Real sportsmen train in all weathers. Unless I suppose you are one of these new olympic sportsmen, the ones who buy all the gear after wtaching the olympics. Another new cyclist wearing rubber underpants who puts his bike away during winter but still wears his rubber in the house. Next you'll be shaving your legs so you can make it to the kitchen 1 100ths of a second faster than last time. RUinsane

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