Eddie Howe says there is ‘no glass ceiling at Bournemouth’, amid Everton and West Ham links
Eddie Howe insists that he is”not diverted” from rumours about a possible move away from Bournemouth, amid connections with the managerial ranks at Everton and West Ham.
Marco Silva is under pressure at Goodison Park with Everton 15th at the table and with just managed two wins in the last nine matches.
Manuel Pellegrini’s West Ham future is in doubt, with the Hammers three points above the relegation zone in the top-flight.
Howe, who is now the longest-serving manager from the Premier League, is under contract at the Cherries until the summer of 2020, however, insists he won’t be moving elsewhere.
The 41-year-old said:”I would say it [work-related speculation] is not distracting for me. Myself would shelter from some other information which is I am preparing to perform.
“I always say if I am linked with other clubs and my gamers are too, then has to be flattering. I’ve been spending time on those matters and it has been around preparing for Tottenham.”
When asked if he would need to move to some other club in order to challenge for high domestic decorations, Howe responded:”I believe I want to answer this issue and state there’s a glass ceiling onto it could be hugely damaging for my players, so not.
“People would have set a glass ceiling on us in the Championship and also for never being able to get into the Premier League, we have done all of those items.
“Today we are fighting to create new memories towards the very top of the Premier League and that is the message to my gamers, we must think we can do that.
“I always have the approach to my job and to life really which you can achieve anything if you work hard enough, if you truly think you can do it then you could.”
The Bournemouth manager also confirmed there was never any contact within a move to Goodison Park from Everton in 2016, but Sky Sports News understands the Toffees eye Howe as well as former director David Moyes as possible candidates to replace Silva.
Bournemouth travel to confront Tottenham in their Premier League clash that is second on Saturday having won just once in their last seven in the league.
Last term, Tottenham won 5-0 at home against the Cherries and Bournemouth haven’t won away at the north London club because their promotion into the top-flight.
Howe praised the effect which new Spurs boss Jose Mourinho has had since his birth in Hotspur Way, the Portuguese gets the chance to make it three wins in all competitions at the start of his tenure on Saturday.
“It is his ability to create his team win, how he has done that at just about any club he’s been at is impressive.
“And even with teams that haven’t necessarily been favourites, at Porto and Inter Milan there were times in games if their backs were up against the wall and that is where he works best.
“That is a excellent challenge, even if you can find a result from the top six clubs then that is a confidence increase throughout the group.
“Unusually for us, we have not been so good in open play, it’s something we’re considering and analysing.
“Last week we had a good deal of chances against Wolves. We need players to measure, ” I do think the chances happen to be there and the skill is there inside the group.”
Ahead of their trip to Tottenham, Howe confirmed that forward and midfielder David Brooks Joshua King remain sidelined, he also included that winger Ryan Fraser is currently recovering from a dead leg.