Eddie Howe: Bournemouth boss is 'local messiah' - Jeff Mostyn

Jeff Mostyn and Eddie Howe
Chairman Mostyn (left) was at Bournemouth when they were playing in League Two only six years ago

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe is "the local messiah", according to Cherries chairman Jeff Mostyn.

Howe was named the League Managers' Association manager of the year earlier this week after steering the Dorset club to the Championship title.

"He's a local boy as well as the local messiah," Mostyn told BBC South Today.

"His right-hand man Jason Tindall and Simon [Weatherstone], our first-team coach, are disciples following in his footsteps."

Bournemouth are preparing for their Premier League debut and their first ever season in the top flight of English football.

They have already added to their squad by bringing in goalkeepers Artur Boruc, who played at Dean Court on loan last season, and Australia international Adam Federici.

And Mostyn hopes his side can follow the lead of the Premier League champions in how they go about their transfer dealings.

"Jose Mourinho did his business at Chelsea very early last season - I hope we can emulate him," added Mostyn.

"It proved to be very successful. I'm not quite sure that we're going to win the title but we want to get the players in that Eddie can work with from the very first week of pre-season.

"For him to pick up the LMA manager of the season ahead of managers like Jose is just incredible and it's nothing more than Eddie deserves."

Mourinho v Howe - how do they compare?
Jose MourinhoEddie Howe
Age: 5237
Teams played for: Rio Ave, Belenenses, Sesimbra, Comercio e IndustriaBournemouth, Portsmouth, England Under-21
Clubs managed: Benfica, Uniao de Leiria, Porto, Inter Milan, Real Madrid, ChelseaBurnley, Bournemouth
Selected managerial achievements: Champions League (x2), Uefa Cup, Premier League (x3), FA Cup, League Cup (x3), Serie A (x2), Primeira Liga (x2), La LigaChampionship, League One runners-up (promoted), League Two runners-up (promoted), LMA manager of the year, Football League manager of the decade award

Mostyn has already said that the club will prioritise squad investment over stadium expansion heading into next season.

However, Howe is adamant that the Cherries will not spend exorbitant amounts on transfers.

"We know that you need to double up in every position in the Premier League and you need to have people of experience," said Mostyn.

"If you're playing here week in week out in front of 11,700 people and then you go to Old Trafford and play in front of 76,700 it can be an intimidating theatre. So I think Eddie is trying to strive for a mix of youth and experience."

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