Eddie Howe Explains Why Top Player Left For Newcastle

Bournemouth’s impressive young manager Eddie Howe has opened up about how the Cherries lost one of their best players to Newcastle last week.

It looks as though Matt Ritchie went to see the manager and said he wanted to leave the club and then Newcastle came in with that massive bid – thought to be £10M upfront with £2M more based on incentives.

Before that Bournemouth had offered Matt a new deal to try to keep him at the club.

But it was Matt’s desire to join Newcastle United in the second division that was the driving force behind his move.

matt ritchie with Rafa benitez

Matt Ritchie talking to Rafa Benitez last Friday

Matt was a star player in what was a terrific performance by newly promoted Bournemouth last season, which culminated in them taking us apart 3-1 at St. Jame’s Park in early March.

Thankfully that made Lee Charnley see the extreme error of his ways and it was Steve McClaren’s last game in charge of Newcastle.

But by then it was all too late, even though we brought Rafa Benitez in as the manager – our players had got too used to losing.

Rafa did end up getting three wins and three draws in those last six games and we took Tottenham apart 5-1 in our last game with the last three goals being scored when we were done to 10 men.

So that gives Newcastle fans tremendous hope for the future, even though we took the drop and deserved to be relegated.

This is what Eddie Howe said today in the Bournemouth Echo about what happened with Ritchie:

“We were very sad to see Matty go. He has been an integral part of our success over a long time and has been an incredible servant to this football club.”

“We leave on very good terms but the sequence of events this summer was that we offered Matty a new contract, he turned that down and expressed a desire to leave. We then got a bid from Newcastle.”

“It’s always sad when a player who has done so well for the club leaves. Matty wanted to pursue his career elsewhere and he leaves with our best wishes.”

“I had a great relationship with him and enjoyed working with him greatly. He has an incredible appetite and desire towards football.”

“He wants to progress and epitomised the improvement in the group.”

“When you compare his overall game from when he arrived to when he left I think he leaves a much-improved player, and I think that is largely down to his mentality for self-improvement.”

“He scored a number of crucial goals for us and epitomized our play off the ball a lot of the time, because of his work rate and his appetite to press and close down.”

Ritchie has turned out to be a replacement for the departed Andros Townsend.

But it seems that even if Andros had not let his ego take charge and he had stayed on Tyneside in England;s second divsision, Rafa would still have wanted to bring in Matt Ritchie.

He looks like a tremendous signing for Newcastle and he seems just a smashing lad,

He’s not a bad footballer either.


Comments welcome.

13 comments so far

  • Veltmann

    Jul 6, 2016 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #1

    Eid Mubarek Muslim fans.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 6, 2016 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #2

    Every window since you started posting you have stated we don’t need to buy players and every season since you started posting we have been in a relegation dog fight. Leave the recruitment ideas to Rafa will you.

  • martoon

    Jul 6, 2016 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #3

    Hmmmmm he turned down a new contract and then a bid came in from Newcastle. He could not have known because that would be tapping up and I’m sure we wouldn’t have done that! 😉

  • Veltmann

    Jul 6, 2016 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #4

    I don’t give a flyer what you think.As expatmag reckons,we need Will Hughes type players to bolster the squad capable of performing and dominating the midfield week in week out.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 6, 2016 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #5

    Do other people occupy that world you live in?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 6, 2016 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #6

    Are you from Ethiopia by any chance?

  • Jib

    Jul 6, 2016 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #7

    English comprehension problems again !

    I didn’t state “we don’t need to buy players”

    I said recruitment is not as crucial as some of the regular doom and gloomeers make out.

    One poster said if we don’t get 3 defenders in before we go to Ireland we are doomed – what crap!

    M’Bemba and Lascelles will be our first choice centre two pairing I’m sure.

    We do need a replacement for Steven Taylor as back up and competition for those two.

    A fit for purpose left back would be nice but we have Dummett Haidara MBabu Colback Anita who have all done it in the PL so should manage the championship reasinably well.

    Not too much info for you there Jail ?
    I’ll go slower if you like.
    Ha ha ha

  • welshgeordie9

    Jul 6, 2016 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #8


    Of course we need 3 Defenders in now, what happens if lascelles get injured in the first game in Ireland and then mbemba picks up an injury, we need another 2 ASAP.

  • welshgeordie9

    Jul 6, 2016 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #9

    Our 2 left backs are injury prone as well, and we have only got one right back that might leave anytime, all our new players should have a full pre season under their belts at the moment there’s only 3 of them that’s going to be doing it.

  • Jib

    Jul 6, 2016 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #10


  • Jib

    Jul 6, 2016 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #11

    Oh dear a Welshie / Jail 2 pronged assault !

  • welshgeordie9

    Jul 6, 2016 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #12


    It might be eight weeks tomorrow, Christ it normally takes them that to sign one frigging player.

  • welshgeordie9

    Jul 6, 2016 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #13

    That defence at the moment is not strong enough at the moment, end of.


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