Cherries: Gorman's singing Steve's praises

30 December 2010 07:00
MANAGERIAL old head John Gorman has confessed to having a love-hate relationship with Cherries he loves Eddie Howe and hates Steve Fletcher.

Gorman looked on from the dugout as MK Dons chalked up a 2-0 win over Cherries on Tuesday with Fletcher tormenting the hosts' defence for the second time this season.

But while the targetman's efforts helped Cherries turn the tide at Dean Court in October, his exploits were in vain as the Dons condemned Howe's men to back-to-back League One defeats.

Gorman, now assisting Karl Robinson at MK Dons, has enjoyed a fruitful coaching career and worked alongside Glenn Hoddle when he was England manager between 1996 and 1999.

In an interview with the Daily Echo, Gorman joked: I hate Steve Fletcher! Every time he plays against a team I have been involved with, he either scores or sets up goals. I think that was the first time he had drawn a blank, but it took a fantastic save from our goalkeeper to keep him out.

He is a great professional and a great club man. Bournemouth supporters should be very proud of him. You need players like him in your team because he contributes. While he continues to have an impact, he should keep playing for as long as he can.

Bournemouth have always had a tradition for playing good football. He made it so difficult for us when he came off the bench. We had been playing so well but had to change our style to combat him.

Defeat saw Cherries close the year on the back of successive reverses against the Dons, Hartlepool and at the hands of Notts County in the FA Cup. Howe's troops last tasted a hat-trick of defeats in their first three games of 2010.

Losing makes you a better manager, said Gorman. I should know because I've been through plenty of defeats in my career!

Eddie is such a good manager and will be a better one for this experience. He will bounce back and get a win, probably when he least expects it.

He has a lovely temperament and a great attitude. He has a long career ahead of him in management and the people at Bournemouth should be so proud of what he has done there.

Before we played Bournemouth, we had lost three games on the spin and people thought our young manager was under pressure. He wasn't and the chairman was very good about it.

I would like to think the Bournemouth chairman and their supporters are exactly the same. I hope there aren't any silly people about who start worrying after two or three bad results. I hope they back Eddie to the hilt because he is a really good manager and we need people like him in the game.

Cherries' League One clash with Plymouth Argyle postponed due to a frozen Dean Court pitch on Boxing Day has been rearranged for Saturday, January 8 (3pm).

Source: Bournemouth_Echo