Eddie Howe - "I think it could be a really good match"

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AFC Bournemouth boss, Eddie Howe, has heaped praise on new Leyton Orient Head Coach, Carl Fletcher, following his appointment this afternoon.

The 41-year-old, who has taken the Cherries from the bottom of League Two to a top-half Premier League side, said, “Carl is extremely hard-working, has really good opinions on the game and has had some brilliant experiences in the game, both as a player and as a manager.

“I think he is in a really good place to attack this job and the one thing you know with Carl is that he will always give his best to make the job work.

“I always knew that being a manager again was something Carl wanted to do.

“He has had some great experiences here, from taking the under-18s, the development squad and becoming our loan manager, to stepping up and coaching with the first team at times.

“He will have gone through things that really open your eyes in so many different ways, including the overall job of managing people. If you have an understanding of the roles of everyone then it’s going to ultimately make you a better person.

“He understands the game inside and out, and is a born winner, which is something that he’s never lost throughout his playing career and all the way into his coaching. Carl is someone who, quite simply, loves to win.

“I try and encourage my staff to develop themselves to be the best they can be in their respective roles.

“Then, if an opportunity comes up that they wish to pursue, as a club we never stand in anybody’s way and are always very open to people exploring the next steps of their respective careers.

“We wish Carl all the best and hope he has every success at Leyton Orient.

“I think it is a great move for both sides – for Carl and for Leyton Orient.

“They are a really good club who do things the right way, and Stephen Purches speaks so highly of them from his experiences there.

“I think it could be a really good match.”