Eddie Howe is a former professional footballer and the current manager of AFC Bournemouth. A defender before retirement who spent much of his career at Bournemouth, he was the youngest manager in the Football League when appointed manager of Bournemouth in January 2009.
Before retirement, Howe mainly played as a defender during his career. He began his footballing career with local youth teams Rossgarth and Parley Sports before starting his professional career at Bournemouth. Howe established himself as an important player in Bournemouth's defence and in 1998 he was selected for the England Under-21 team in the Toulon Tournament. In 2002, Portsmouth signed Howe for £400,000, making him new manager Harry Redknapp's first signing. Shortly after signing, a knee injury on his debut which ended his season.
Howe returned to play in the opening game of the following season however after just nine minutes and was ruled out for the entire campaign. Injury dominated the majority of Howe’s career as he took 18 months to return to fitness however his playing time was reduced dramatically. Portsmouth loaned Howe back to Bournemouth for the first three months of the 2004–05. He proved to be successful on his return to his first club after two injury-ravaged seasons with Portsmouth. With the club in a very poor financial state, supporters joined together to create "Eddieshare" to fund a transfer fee. Within days of creation, £21,000 was raised funding the required permanent transfer fee. After a further three seasons and over 270 appearances, in 2007 injuries forced his retirement as a player and he moved into coaching with the reserve squad after his spell as player-coach.
After returning to Bournemouth as caretaker manager for just two games, he was hired as the permanent manager of the club in 2009. Howe rescued Bournemouth from relegation out of the Football League in his first season in charge, after the club started the season with a 17-point deficit and then led them to promotion the following season.
At the start of the 2009/10 season, Howe won eight out of the first nine games, a club record. In November 2009, Championship club Peterborough United approached Howe to replace Darren Ferguson as their manager, but Howe showed his loyalty to Bournemouth and rejected the club’s offer. Despite the club’s transfer embargo remaining in place for the rest of the season, Bournemouth secured promotion to League One after two years in the fourth tier of English football.
After a short and brief spell as the manager at Burnley, Eddie Howe returned to Bournemouth and led them to two further promotions in three seasons, resulting in the club playing in the top flight of English Football, the Premier League, for the first time in the club’s history after winning the Championship. A number of manager of the month awards were followed by Eddie Howe being named LMA manager of the year and LMA Championship manager of the Year. Howe’s successes with Bournemouth resulted in him being given the inaugural Football League Manager of the Decade Award in 2015.
An inspirational and motivational figure who dealt with the adversity and tragedy of a career ending injury and used it as a stimulus to springboard a managerial career that led his first club to heights they had never before experienced and made him an infamous and affectionate figure among fans. With a host of knowledge about football and leadership, Howe eloquently expresses the requirements of success at the top level and the fundamentals to man management along with sustained success. A charming and charismatic personality who truly is infectious Eddie Howe is the perfect football speaker for any event.