(STATS) – As Bournemouth continue to fall deeper into the depths of the Premier League table, it’s time to wonder just how secure manager Eddie Howe’s job might be.
The potentially embattled Howe and his Cherries look to avoid matching a season high with their fifth straight league defeat on Tuesday night when they host Brighton & Hove Albion.
Howe is one of the most beloved figures in the history of Bournemouth FC, both as a player and now in his second stint as a manager that began in October 2012. He’s had the Cherries in the Premier League since 2015-16, but times are tough at the moment for the club, and it’s possible Howe could start feeling the heat.
Since opening a decent 4-4-3, Bournemouth (5-5-13) are 1-1-10, have not scored a league goal in four matches since Dan Gosling came through in the 35th minute of a 1-1 draw with Arsenal on Boxing Day and sit in the middle of the relegation zone.
“If I knew there was one thing I could do, I would do it,” Howe told BBC Match of the Day following Saturday’s 1-0 loss at last-place Norwich City, who are just three points behind Bournemouth in the table.
“Can I work harder? I don’t think I can, otherwise I would. It is not happening at the moment. We are here to get wins and achieve our objectives.”
And whilst Howe has been better at most than achieving his club’s objectives over the years, at the moment, one has to wonder if he remains the right man to lead Bournemouth forward. Especially, considering the number of coaches who have been sacked in the Premier League this term.
For now, the Cherries must focus on finding a way to score some goals (their 20 goals are tied for the fewest in the league) and end their rot.
“We have to stick together,” Bournemouth keeper Aaron Ramsdale said.
The Cherries will attempt to do so whilst trying to keep Brighton (6-7-10) from the doing the season double this week. Alireza Jahanbakhsh and Aaron Mooy scored as the Seagulls recorded a 2-0 home win over Bournemouth on Dec. 28.
That, however, is just Brighton’s second Premier League victory in 12 matches (2-4-6), and they are 0-2-1 since that triumph. Leandro Trossard scored in the 38th minute Saturday against Aston Villa, but the visitors equalised in the 75th minute to share the spoils of a 1-1 draw.
“That’s the Premier League for you,” manager Graham Potter told Brighton’s official website. “You can really do well in the game, but the opponent is always capable of producing moments of quality than can hurt you.
“We want to win every game, but if you can’t get a victory, then you’ll always take a points. But, we have to move forward now.”
Brighton’s Neal Maupay has a team-leading seven league goals, but none in his last six such contests. He does have two assists, however, over his last four games. One of those game against Bournemouth last month.