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Friday, 18 February 2011

Mission Possible?


After taking over on 16 January 2011, Bournemouth manager Darren Hancock faces saving the club from relegation. When appointing the new gaffer, the chairman was quoted to have said, "We're hoping for stability now, we know he's here for the long run so we will try and provide the funds in which we hope will save the club from the drop. Six different managers since 11 August 2010 is not acceptable for a club of this stature. We realise having a 16-year-old at the helm could be seen as a gamble, but his managerial CV stood out from the crowd."
Hancock does seem to have an uphill struggle on his hands though. Left with what he believed was one of the weakest squads in the division, a massive rebuilding project is in order

 A stamp is already being authorised onto the squad after only a month in charge. Possibly the best deal made is that of Bradley Wright-Phillips from Bayern Munich. He looks to have finally settled down and has got 3 goals in 8 games, usually from out wide. Things are looking good for the future as well though. Steven McGinn has signed from Getafe and he teams up with ex-team-mate Danny Graham from Watford. 18-year-olds Luke Freeman and Lee Lucas have also penned deals with the Cherries giving the squad a bit of a younger feel.
The form of late hasn't been exactly what Hancock has been looking for. At the begining of his tenure Bournemouth won both of his first two games 3-1. But the upbeat mood didn't last long with the Cherries going without a win in 8 games following that. The win against Oldham on 12 February lifted a massive weight off the shoulders of the manager with fans beginning to get restless over a lack of action off the pitch. Even then Bournemouth had to come from behind in a game they just about deserved to win. A point away at Crystal Palace means things are slowly looking up again, but the club can't rest on it's laurels as they fear a relegation scrap is on the cards. So with a new manager, a board willing to back him in the market and plenty of new signings, mission impossible is slowly becoming mission possible for AFC Bournemouth.


  1. Excellent article

    tough job - good luck, should be a good challenge for you

  2. Well done a great article

    Your doing a fine job at bournemouth