Eddie Howe very clearly loves his job and AFC Bournemouth with every fiber of his being, but it‘s also quite clear that he hasn’t enjoyed the numerous challenges that came with being the Bournemouth manager in 2019.
Most notably, the Cherries have battled a laundry list of injuries dating back to last season, and the serious lack of resources at Howe’s disposal is beginning to take its toll. With just one win from their last nine Premier League games, Bournemouth sit 16th in the table, just two points clear of the relegation zone, as the calendar changes over from 2019 to 2020. Howe is desperately hoping that a new year will bring his side some new luck — quotes from Sky Sports:
“It’s been a tough year. If I cast my mind back to last year, we started the season with injuries and a stretched squad. We battled and got through and achieved our aims throughout the season.
“But this early season has been probably the most difficult I have had in terms of resources. I have learned a lot throughout it and am looking forward to maybe a change of luck as we go into a new year.”
“Every year that Bournemouth stay in the Premier League has to be the overriding thing that is remembered, not injuries.
“It is not a hard-luck story, it is not [about] feeling sorry for ourselves. We stayed in the Premier League. It is our fifth year. It is going to be very difficult to do it again but we can achieve it and continue to look optimistically for the future.”
Bournemouth will kick off 2020 with a trip to east London to take on West Ham United, who fired Manuel Pellegrini on Saturday and appointed David Moyes as his replacement 24 hours later, on New Year’s Day (Watch live, 12:30 p.m. ET, on NBC Sports Gold).