Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has said that Eddie Howe has the quality to manage a club like Arsenal in the future. The AFC Bournemouth boss has long been heralded as a long-term replacement for Arsene Wenger whose contract expires in the summer.
Chelsea take on AFC Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge on Boxing Day and the Blues’ boss has been full of praise for his managerial opponent for the match. Eddie Howe is the youngest manager in the Premier League right now and guided the Cherries to a respectable 16th place finish in the club’s first top-flight season. Bournemouth are up to tenth now and are set for another successful term and both the club and Howe are earning their admirers.
Antonio Conte is the latest name on the list. The Italian certainly seems impressed with Howe’s abilities ahead of the matchup between the pair on Monday.
“I think he’s a really good manager,” Conte said in his pre-match press conference. “He’s very young and is doing very well with Bournemouth.
“I’m studying Bournemouth and watching a good team with good organisation on a tactical aspect.
“They try always to play from the back and put good pressure on. I like him and have great respect for him.
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“I wish for him a good career and a top career. If he continues in this way, for sure, he can become a manager of a great team.”
Howe has been linked with a move to Arsenal in recent months. The Englishman would act as a long-term successor to Arsene Wenger who is in the last year of his contract at the Emirates. Howe is certainly an exciting young manager who sets up his teams well and will undoubtedly go on to have a successful career. However, perhaps Arsenal should be looking at managers with a little more experience of managing a club to success at the highest level.