Can't even be arsed reading all of it again and replying to everything that I want to comment on, but, for me, Howe has made a mess of it and I think it's gonna get worse.
His way of putting both a squad together and then a team from within that messed up squad is laughable, the football is boring and we, to me, seem like a lost bunch of kids that EVERYONE knows are an easy touch.
I think we might go down next Season, he's made a real pigs ear of taking over a top six side and spending £4M/£5M and having the mess we have now - with a loose cannon as Chair next Season, rather than BK - I see dark, dark times ahead and to be honest I've given up - I just go to the games and whatever happens, happens.
£500 to see 6/7 wins last Season tho was pathetic and insulting - if only the manager had a brain.
We were 9th when he took over? We had a wage bill of circa 19.5 million, 19.5 million!!!!!
Eddie Howe has been given a clear remit, replace older players, on high wages, with no sale value, with younger players on lower wages with a potential sell on value. On this measure then I'd say he's done well. Seems to have cut the wage bill by a third almost immediately and, I suspect, for the next season down to under 8 million. Most of his wage budget was going on players who Laws and Coyle signed on huge wages (incl Cort, Wallace, Bikey, Jensen, Marney etc etc). He was also hampered by the late sales of Eagles, Mears and Fox - with minimal money made available to replenish the squad.
Is it the right strategy? No idea but it may well be the only one we can afford to follow. If there is blame to be handed out then it goes to Coyle, Laws and the board, so far EH has managed pretty well. This coming season will show us what our future is - though already there are stories of clubs circling not only Jay but also Trippier and Ings
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