Howe: I love Cherries
EDDIE Howe watched his side continue their stylish start to life in League One and then emphatically expressed his pride at being Cherries manager. Howe also stated his love for the role after speculation surrounding his future had dominated the build-up to Saturday's match. Chairman Eddie Mitchell revealed on Thursday that the 32-year-old had rejected the opportunity to move to neighbours Southampton. But that talk did not distract Cherries as they produced another accomplished performance to defeat Dagenham and Redbridge 3-0. An own goal set them on their way before Josh McQuoid and Rhoys Wiggins found the net in a superb Dean Court display, which lifted Howe's men to third in the division. After the match, Howe was reluctant to discuss the situation when quizzed on the Saints link. He reiterated his desire to continue his fine work with Cherries, whose fortunes he has transformed since succeeding Jimmy Quinn in the hot-seat. When asked what the situation is or was with Southampton, he said: I'd just prefer to concentrate on the performance. I'm not going to comment on anything else that's happened. I'm very, very proud to be Bournemouth manager. It means an awful lot to me and that's really all I want to say on it. Discussing the future he envisages with Cherries and the factors that keep him at Dean Court, he continued: You just have to look at the players I have. I don't mean this in a corny way, but they've been absolutely fantastic for me since I've come in they've been magnificent. They're a joy to work with. I love coming into training and working with them. They're a great bunch, they're very professional and I brought a lot of players in during the summer and they signed long contracts. All these decisions have to weigh heavily with me. He added: I love being here, I love working with the players and I have a great relationship with the chairman and the board. We're having really good success at the moment and long may it continue. Who knows what will happen in the future I'm certainly not getting ahead of myself. I have to prove myself every day to be good enough to do this job, let alone any other job. Discussing the entertaining manner of his team's recent performances following the victory over Daggers, Howe added: I think it's important to me, it's important to the players and it's important, mostly, to the fans. Bournemouth have forever been a passing team and a team that likes to play good football. There are certain games when you have to change your style slightly to combat different opponents but, in the main, I'd like to see that tradition continue. ¢ Nigel Adkins was last night finally appointed Saints manager. The 45-year-old has signed a three-year contract after leaving Championship club Scunthorpe United. Adkins completed his protracted switch from The Iron after the two clubs at last agreed a compensation package and admitted he is looking forward to seeing fantastic buzz around St Mary's.
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