Howe fully committed to Bournemouth

Eddie Howe

Eddie Howe believes his future remains at Bournemouth and he has dismissed speculation linking him with the likes of Arsenal, Everton and West Ham.

Howe is currently the longest-serving manager in the Premier League having returned for his second spell in charge of Bournemouth in October 2012 and he not only masterminded the Cherries’ promotion to the top flight for the first time three years later, but he has established them within the division.

Given the 42-year-old’s success at the Vitality Stadium, it is no surprise when his name comes into the reckoning for other Premier League jobs.

With Arsenal having sacked Unai Emery on Friday morning, Howe is one of the names that has been initially linked with a move to Emirates Stadium, while Marco Silva and Manuel Pellegrini’s positions at Everton and West Ham are also said to be under severe threat.

It is nothing new for Howe to be linked with the likes of Arsenal and Everton – the club he supported as a child – but the former Burnley boss has moved to reiterate his commitment to Bournemouth and insist he has no plans to leave the south coast club anytime soon.

“I would say it [managerial speculation] is definitely not distracting for me. I would always shelter myself from any news that isn’t about the team I am preparing to play,” Howe told reporters.

“I always say if I am linked with other clubs and my players are too, then that has to be flattering. I have been spending no time on those things and all week it has been about preparing for Tottenham (this weekend).”

When Howe’s future is discussed the usual question is whether he has taken Bournemouth as far as he can go, but the former defender says he is yet hit the glass ceiling with the Cherries and he can continue breaking new ground.

When asked whether he would have to move to another club in order to challenge for top domestic trophies, Howe responded: “I think for me to answer that question and say there is a glass ceiling on it would be hugely damaging to my players, so absolutely not.

“People would have put a glass ceiling on us in the Championship and for never being able to get to the Premier League, we’ve done all of those things.”