Eddie Howe is at the forefront of the change of English football culture

Eddie Howe is the most veteran manager of the Premier League despite being only 40 years old

Eddie Howe saw the reappearance of the England team in the company of a three and six year old boy. Shirts of England on them, not him, flags hanging from the window of the house.

While young Harry and Rocky Howe only saw the glory and excitement, his father watched with the head of his coach. And the manager of Bournemouth believes he saw evidence of a backward change in the culture of English football.

"Gareth Southgate was great," Howe said this week. "I saw a team with a plan and a system that I like that gave the players freedom and an opportunity to dominate the ball.

Eddie Howe is the most veteran manager of the Premier League despite being only 40 years old

Eddie Howe is the most veteran manager of the Premier League despite being only 40 years old

The young boss of Bournemouth spoke with IAN LADYMAN of Sportsmail earlier this week

The young boss of Bournemouth spoke with IAN LADYMAN of Sportsmail earlier this week

The young boss of Bournemouth spoke with IAN LADYMAN of Sportsmail earlier this week

Here, Howe reflects on the environment in which he grew up in Bournemouth in the mid-1990s

Here, Howe reflects on the environment in which he grew up in Bournemouth in the mid-1990s

Here, Howe reflects on the environment in which he grew up in Bournemouth in the mid-1990s

"He chose a team to play and I think the team did play, but it also developed around the youth and that free and positive mentality that our young players can now contribute, I really think we can build on that now.

Howe, who was only 40 years old, played at a time when fear used to be the companion of a young player. If you made a mistake when training, you are concerned about the repercussions.

As a young central defender, Howe managed but others did not.

"He mentally broke some of the guys I played with," he recalled.

Now, a different kind of courage is required to live as a young English player. Courage to keep the ball, courage to try a decisive pass. It seems that the days of the percentages are about to disappear.

"Gareth chose a goalie well with his feet, right?" Howe said. – That was for the defenders too.

"Young players have great opportunities now, freedom to play, training is now totally different, so we are producing better technical players, the children who arrive are at a very high level and that helps them and us."

When we spoke this week, Howe reflected on the environment in which he grew up in Bournemouth in the mid-1990s.

Howe praises Gareth Southgate for making brave decisions like picking Jordan Pickford

Howe praises Gareth Southgate for making brave decisions like picking Jordan Pickford

Howe praises Gareth Southgate for making brave decisions like picking Jordan Pickford

"He picked a team to play and I think the team did play," says Howe about England in the World Cup.

"His motivation was to improve, but there was an element of everyday life, he just did not want to get into trouble making a mistake in the field," he said. "It was a case of trying to survive, that was the culture in every club.

That's not a criticism from my manager Mel Machin. He had respect for him, but he had the feeling that if he made a mistake he would get it.

"For me and for some others it was healthy since it hardened us, but I saw some guys fall down." They did not react well in certain situations.

"It was a pretty brutal place, but that was the way of the world when I arrived."

Howe was a better player than he left during a 300-game career that ended with an injury at the age of 29, but he has already exceeded those achievements in his decade as a coach.

Surprisingly, he is the boss who has been in the Premier League the longest and has been at the forefront of change. Suffice it to say that no young player in Bournemouth will ever be criticized for trying a skill that does not work.

"No, that is not an ideal environment for young players to fully express themselves," he said.

"The right atmosphere gives them a platform to express themselves and that is how it should be." But it was not only the manager in my days who was setting that tone but also the veteran players. Again, that has changed.

"The players have become more understanding and tolerant of the young players trying to make their way in the game, which is healthy."

Howe had a decent career of 300 games on the field, but ended up with an injury at the age of 29.

Howe had a decent career of 300 games on the field, but ended up with an injury at the age of 29.

Howe had a decent career of 300 games on the field, but ended up with an injury at the age of 29.

Howe never had a starter agreement as a player but, generally, it did not bother him.

"I loved choosing mine and there's nothing more exciting than taking them out of the box and smelling them," he said. "I made all the old-fashioned things like using them in the bathroom to soften them in. That sounds crazy now.

If one of the most talked-about managers in England sounds like a land, then maybe the roots of that are at its bottom.

Her late mother, Anne, raised five children on her own, and retained three jobs to pay the bills. Family vacations were spent under canvas on the south coast and young Eddie was often at the kiosks when his mother's shift began at 4 a. M.

"It was very exciting to know that I would go to the store, even if it was too early," Howe said. "But I also knew it was work and I was doing it to support the family."

"His job had to get me involved, because if I had to stay at home, then I could not work, I think it was inspiring, showing me the efforts you could make to put food on the table.

Despite his good career, Howe never had a starter agreement, but he enjoyed buying his anyway

Despite his good career, Howe never had a starter agreement, but he enjoyed buying his anyway

Despite his good career, Howe never had a starter agreement, but he enjoyed buying his anyway

"And there were no flights to exotic destinations for the holidays, for us it was camping, there were many cricket matches at the campsite, many day trips to Weymouth and Sherborne.

"When we look at what we really did, it probably was not much, but those vacations produced many good memories, I loved every second, I think it did build me.

Yes, it would rain and the tent exploded every year. But I would not change it.

Maybe this is what Howe thinks a childhood should be, even now. Small pleasures, narrow horizons, at least at the beginning. No iPads and Netflix.

& # 39; I think so & # 39 ;, he nodded. "I am determined to make sure that my children share some of the experiences I had and do not get used to things that their own life may not be able to support later on.

"You can see your life as a disappointment if you have too much too young."

Howe loved football as a child, but he had more talent as a cricketer and snooker. A promising hitter, Howe finally walked away from the sport when he realized that the list of accessories for the season of Dorset Under 14 collided with football commitments.

"I always felt that I would be a better cricketer than a footballer," he revealed.

"It was a more individual sport and I could practice and practice to make myself special, while in football I never had the physical attributes necessary to be the best, but I do not regret how my life has worked.

"Football was always a great love of my life from very early on, but I did not think it was good enough, I am very lucky to end up playing and what has happened as a manager I could never have dreamed of".

Howe photographed on the touch line of Etihad Stadium with Pep Guardiola sitting in the background

Howe photographed on the touch line of Etihad Stadium with Pep Guardiola sitting in the background

Howe photographed on the touch line of Etihad Stadium with Pep Guardiola sitting in the background

In a film that will premiere soon on Manchester City, you see manager Pep Guardiola telling his players: "Some of you seem to play better when they are angry with me." So if you want to hate me, then hate me. No problem. & # 39;

At the elite level of the game, managing people is more important than ever. Maybe it's the most important part of the manager's job in the Premier League.

"I can understand where Pep is going with that," said Howe. "I can not say I said the same thing, but … I felt similar.

"There is a very fine line in the player-manager relationship and sometimes you wonder where you will go, but you must have the courage to do and say what you think is right.

"Ultimately, you just want the players to act and be with you, and if they're with you for hating you, then it really does not matter." Howe thinks a lot about his interaction with his players. He wears a tracksuit and not a suit on the day of the competition and is constantly on the sideline. These are not things made by accident.

& # 39; I need to feel that attachment for them & # 39; he said. "I do not think the players look at me with faith if I try to be something that I'm not comfortable with."

They'll know if it's the real me or not. And they need to see me on the sideline and not in my seat. They see me actively involved and think that I can help them, even if I can not. It's important. & # 39;

The manager talks about the importance of feeling a "bond" with his Bournemouth players

The manager talks about the importance of feeling a "bond" with his Bournemouth players

The manager talks about the importance of feeling a "bond" with his Bournemouth players

Howe's Bournemouth team, which begins its fourth season in the top division, strives to play attractive football and is proud of that. But in his debut season of his first spell as manager 10 years ago, Howe kept the club in the Football League on the back of a more rudimentary game.

"I remember inviting some friends to look at us," he said. "We were in the process of changing the philosophy to improve and I started to feel like I was getting somewhere with the team, but they said," They did not see it. "They were watching football they did not enjoy. and that really deflated me, now I hope it's different. "

Bournemouth starts at home in Cardiff on Saturday. Three years in the Premier League have given the finals 16, 9 and 12.

Howe rightly sees it as a success in admitting that he would love to give fans a chance in the FA Cup.

"That has been a disappointment for us," he said.

Extremely diligent, Howe begins to work every day at 6 a. M. And even gathers the individual videos of his players, something that most senior managers leave to an analyst.

"The key things I have to do are just things I have to do," he said, frankly. "My staff is excellent, but I can not trust other people to do those things.

Howe was "ashamed" to be linked to the work of England before the appointment of Southgate

Howe was "ashamed" to be linked to the work of England before the appointment of Southgate

Howe was "ashamed" to be linked to the work of England before the appointment of Southgate

"If someone told me there is a better way to listen, I think I do things by myself and do not take shortcuts to do the job well."

Considered as an England manager, Howe can at least put that problem aside knowing that Southgate is in position for the foreseeable future.

"I felt embarrassed for the first time (the link to work) to be honest," he said. "I saw it as a great compliment, but I did not feel I should be in that category."

Two years ago, FA President Greg Clarke spoke about Howe's potential, but said he may not be ready for the "mainstream" kiln.

But if the Premier League is not a fire-breathing environment, what the hell is it?

"It certainly feels like an oven," laughed Howe. "Maybe Bournemouth is a fresher grade than other jobs, but it's as pressured as any other and it increases every year, I'm sure this year it will go up again.

"Because of how I live and work, I push myself to the limit so if someone told me I was going to feel harsher conditions, I would be surprised if it were possible if I were honest, but I'm very happy for Gareth, I know how much he cares and I thought That was absolutely outstanding in the summer, I really did it.

"I'll call him and congratulate him at some point."

"I thought it was absolutely exceptional in the summer," said the 40-year-old man on Southgate

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