Howe And The Press
Speaking in the Bournemouth Evening Echo, Howe is quoted as saying: "I wouldn't say I particularly hate it but I wouldn't say I especially like it either. I'm fairly middle of the road when it comes to the press. I know it's important in this day and age because everyone wants to know what's going on but I'd much rather concentrate on the things I can affect like working with the players. I understand and appreciate that the press has a big part to play but it's not something I relish. They have an important job to do and it's important for any manager to maximise publicity for his club. Clubs like ours rely heavily on the press, especially the local press, to get people through the gates and to promote what's going on. We need to work with each other to serve that purpose. For me, the media should be about the football that's played on the pitch and not the guy who's picking the team. The press judge players and managers in different ways and you can't influence it. I would never underestimate how important the press is for the players".
Eddie Howe can be seen on BBC1's Football Focus on Saturday lunchtime (March 21st, 2009 @ 1210).