Exclusive: Carl Fletcher on working with Eddie Howe

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Eddie Howe has been linked with the managerial job at Celtic. I spoke to Carl Fletcher who played with Eddie and worked under him at Bournemouth for a number of years. Listen to the FULL INTERVIEW here.

What is it like working alongside Eddie Howe? He’s described by certain elements of the media as a quiet man. Does he have a steely side to him too?

I’ve worked for Eddie as part of his staff and during our playing days I also lived with him when we were establishing ourselves at Bournemouth so I know him very well as a person.

He definitely has an edge to him like all good managers do and working for him is very good. He’s driven and does all that he can to succeed. I worked under him at Bournemouth on his staff for five years.

He drives everyone at the club from the top down and seeks improvement in everyone around him. He is also very demanding of himself and is always striving to better himself as a coach.

He never likes his teams to sit still. He is always looking at improving training sessions from a coaching perspective and he wants the very best for his players and his staff alike.

Without doubt he has a steely side to him. Everyone knows where they stand with Eddie because he has a clear plan and a way of working that he communicates from day one. You either buy into it or you don’t.

Eddie has always worked closely with all staff at Bournemouth from the academy staff to the medical staff. He likes to know what is going on at the club on a daily, weekly and monthly basis and drive improvements from the front as the manager too.

Published by Callum McFadden

Football CFB founder. Freelance football writer & broadcaster of over 350 interviews with professional players and managers across all levels of football.

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