Eddie Howe: Bournemouth boss set for 'top flight with Cherries'

Eddie Howe
Eddie Howe's Bournemouth are undefeated in the league since September

Bournemouth chairman Jeff Mostyn says boss Eddie Howe will manage the Cherries in the Premier League, despite reported interest from elsewhere.

Howe, 37, has been linked with several top-flight clubs over the past month, including Newcastle United.

Bournemouth are currently one point clear at the top of the Championship.

"He is back with us and I have no doubt Eddie Howe will manage a Premier League side and it will be AFC Bournemouth," Mostyn told BBC South Today.

Howe first became Cherries boss in January 2009 and saved them from relegation from the Football League before steering them into League One.

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He left for a brief spell at Burnley before returning to the south coast in October 2012 and has since earned promotion to the Championship.

His side currently have a three-point lead over third-placed Derby in the second tier.

The Chronicle has reported he is on Newcastle's shortlistexternal-link of potential replacements for Alan Pardew, who left for Crystal Palace.

But while Mostyn described it as "flattering", he is confident Howe will remain at Dean Court.

"I think [Hull manager] Steve Bruce said it is always flattering when you are associated with a job. Eddie is flattered he has a job and he has the job he longed for."

Meanwhile, Mostyn has urged the club to make history when they visit Aston Villa in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

"To test ourselves against a good Premier League side at a fantastic venue, I'm quite pleased with the draw," he said.

"For years and years we never had the opportunity to play in the third round so we are taking full advantage."

Bournemouth have scored 54 league goals this season, compared to Aston Villa's 11, but Mostyn dismissed the suggestion that they would go there as favourites.

"We have to be respectful, they are a Premier League side and they will start as favourites," he said.

"We are playing superb football, defying all the odds. We know we are capable of going to Aston Villa and playing proper football and we will see what the outcome is."