Eddie Howe praises Bournemouth u-turn over placing staff on furlough

‘After reflecting, they have come to the right decision’: Eddie Howe praises Bournemouth u-turn over placing staff on furlough in coronavirus outbreak

  • Bournemouth announced on April 1 that they placing some staff into furlough
  • But on Tuesday, the Cherries followed Liverpool and Tottenham in backtracking
  • Manager Eddie Howe has welcomed the decision from the club’s hierarchy  
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Eddie Howe has welcomed Bournemouth’s U-turn over putting club employees into furlough during the coronavirus pandemic.

Bournemouth backtracked on Tuesday night, following in the footsteps of Liverpool and Tottenham after the Cherries announced on April 1 that ‘a number of staff’ were to be placed on the government scheme.

Speaking on the Football Show on Sky Sports News, Bournemouth boss Howe said: ‘I welcomed it. It is a difficult thing, the decision was made in best interests at the time and after reflecting on things, they have come to the right decision.’

Eddie Howe spoke of Bournemouth’s furlough U-turn on the Sky Sports Football Show

Howe spoke of his support for Bournemouth’s decisions to backtrack on their furlough call

Howe was the first Premier League manager to have taken a voluntary pay cut but he admitted he was uncomfortable with the attention he received for the gesture.

‘We thought it was the right thing to do for our club,’ Howe said. ‘We weren’t trying to make a grand statement, I didn’t think it would generate the press it did but I thought it was the right thing. I am not money motivated.’

Bournemouth were 18th in the Premier League when football was postponed indefinitely and Howe admitted that the 2019-20 campaign had been a difficult one for him and the club.

‘It is definitely our toughest year, we’ve been hit with a lot of injuries, missing key players like Brooks and Danjuma and that has played a huge part in our season,’ Howe said. 

Howe was the first manager to take a voluntary pay cut during the coronavirus pandemic

Bournemouth are 18th in the league, with Howe plotting a way to ensure to their survival

‘Every club will suffer injuries and I have to take ultimate responsibility. I look forward and we have nine games to save our Premier League status and we will do everything to stay in the Premier League.

‘This time of the year normally we would be heavily involved in the recruitment side. We have had loose discussions on it. 

‘We have been talking purely about the last nine games and earn the right to be in the Premier League and that will dictate our transfer policy more than anything else.’

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