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Breaking News ! Four weeks to the day when Bristol City closed the Lee Johnson era at the club, a legacy of considerably greater magnitude was ended at Bournemouth. After nearly eight years and 356 matches in charge - in what was his second spell as head coach - Eddie Howe and the Cherries parted ways, with the Dorset club now a Championship outfit again. Howe remains one of the most well-liked and popular young English managers, having elevated Bournemouth into the Premier League and the obvious question for the 42-year-old now is - what's next? Read More Related Articles Next Bournemouth manager odds: Former Bristol City head coach among early favourites Within an hour of his exit at the Vitality Stadium he was installed as second favourite for the Ashton Gate vacancy and is the only manager so far who can come close to Chris Hughton in terms of the desires of Robins fans. It would be a surprise to see Howe's next job outside of the top-flight, given the reputation his built, but then again not wholly implausible and we weigh up the arguments for and against him being in the running at BS3 ... The case for If there's one name and character on the list of "contenders" for the Bristol City job that fall within the realm of plausible who tick every box, then it's Eddie Howe. Before we even get into his CV and management style, Howe's persona alone is perfectly aligned with what Steve Lansdown, Jon Lansdown and Mark Ashton would want in a head coach. Articulate, affable, intelligent, puritanical to a point and his middle-class manner almost makes him a little unconventional to traditional football sensibilities. He just fits what Bristol City are as a club right now and the image the Lansdowns want to project. Then you factor in the promotions on his CV, having guided Bournemouth from the pit of League Two into the Premier League - admittedly assisted by considerably investment - and how they've played. Former Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe It was their undoing but the Cherries expansive, open and slightly defensive naive style was, bar this season, easy on the eye and made them a very appealing team to watch. He's a great man manager who believes in player development, from academy level but also in terms of finding raw gems further down the pyramid and building them up. He's also operated within a structure at the Vitality Stadium, with an influential recruitment department led by technical director Richard Hughes (and including former head of City scouting Des Taylor). Admittedly their recruitment, particularly in the last couple of seasons, has been hit and miss (to be generous) but they've brought in the sort of players you could also imagine City's recruitment team also looking at: David Brooks, Chris Mepham, Jack Stacey and, obviously, Lloyd Kelly. From Howe's point of view, City offer a stable club with a benevolent owner and enormous potential to return to the Premier League; you could probably make the case that given the financial fallout of relegation, City are a more stable ship right now than his former employers. Sign up for our City newsletter All the latest news, views, interviews, gossip and analysis concerning Bristol City, delivered straight to your inbox, every day at 12:00.
. Bristol isn't far for him to travel and, as he's shown throughout his career, he is most comfortable in the south and while there should be Premier League interest, Howe isn't one who demands the limelight, he'll more than likely favour a project to step into, rather than one that requires an instant fix.
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The case against Which leads us into the reasons which render a lot of the above unlikely. Having experienced the Premier League for five seasons and with consensus opinion that he's a coach/manager at that level - and he was considered for Liverpool before Jurgen Klopp took over - stepping down a league is tough. Howe will know there could be potential vacancies in the near future at Crystal Palace, Newcastle, West Ham and maybe even Tottenham and beyond, depending on what happens when next season begins in September. You can debate the merits of each of those jobs against what could await him at Ashton Gate but a) it shows the level of options available to him and even if they don't materialise he will be considered by virtually every club who lose a manager in the next 12-18 months and b) they will all likely pay him more.
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Now that's not to say he's driven by money, of course, but managerial salaries in the Premier League are considerably larger than Championship ones and there may be the simple fact that even if Howe was interested, City couldn't afford him. Granted, it's a reality v hypothetical argument as there is a vacancy at Ashton Gate but there isn't at any of the aforementioned clubs but having stepped off the treadmill at Bournemouth, he has time to assess his options. He said as much in his open letter on Bournemouth's official website stating: "I’ll now be taking some time away during the summer break to enjoy some quality time with my family and I am looking forward to the next chapter in my life."
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Which indicates his plans are to take a sabbatical, look at what's around and no doubt try to improve himself as a coach in the interim period. He looked emotionally drained following the Cherries relegation, does he have the zest for a new challenge jusy yet? It could be seen as a risky move to jump straight into a new job having been so used to working at Bournemouth and in his specific way. And although there are similarities between the two clubs, there is a feeling within BS3 that although Johnson has left the majority of the structure - coaching, analysis, recruitment and sports science - has to remain in place. City have chopped and changed backroom staff over the last 12 months but the desire for seamless continuity post-Johnson implies they don't want to rip up the blueprint too much.
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Howe's team at Bournemouth included five former teammates - Tindall, Hughes, Stephen Purches, Neil Moss and Steve Fletcher - plus his nephew Andy Howe is head of scouting; people he knows and people he can trust. You'd imagine he'd want to bring a significant amount of that entourage with him to whatever job he takes next and that would be expensive and potentially complicated to embed. There's also, of course, the simple fact that City may well have already found their man and the timing around Howe's departure was too late for the Robins board to consider him as a viable candidate.
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