Speaking to the Bournemouth Evening Echo, Howe is quoted as saying: "It was a strange New Year's Eve. I received a call from Savi explaining the situation and it certainly took me by surprise. But I had no hesitation in saying I would do it. I had a bit of a sleepless night but can't wait to get started. It's going to be a great experience to take the team for how ever long it turns out to be. As a kid coming through, my aim was to play one first-team game and, as a supporter coming to watch the team, it doesn't enter your head that one day you might be taking charge of the team, albeit on a caretaker basis. What happens in the future will take care of itself. Just to be asked was a huge honour and I feel very proud. I just hope I can do the job justice. I'm looking forward to Darlington and hope we can put in a good performance and a result to match".
Howe goes on to say: "Usually, it's a cliché to say you can only take it one game at a time but it's very apt in my case! I would be lying if I said I wouldn't relish the chance to do the job on a permanent basis. But in the same breath, I've got a good job that I really enjoy and management can be a very cut-throat business, as we've seen. If we can do well, get the players on side and I'm enjoying the role then I would want to do it for as long as possible and be successful. I'm lucky to have two great lads in Joe and Jason with me. I would like to think we can enjoy our time together and see where we go. But to be honest, this isn't about any one individual. This is about trying to keep this club in the Football League where it belongs".