Bournemouth tie down Howe

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Bournemouth chairman Eddie Mitchell claimed he had one of the brightest managerial prospects in the country after announcing extensions to the contracts of manager Eddie Howe and his assistant Jason Tindall.

The pair guided the Cherries to automatic promotion to League One last season and still had two years left on their current deals, but have been rewarded with an extra 12 months.

Mitchell told the Bournemouth Echo they were "easily, by far" the most promising young manager and coach in the country.

"I've no experience of other managers but my own view is that you'd have to go a long way to get more hard working people" he said. "I think their knowledge is fantastic and we're giving them the backing we can. We're a great team at the moment."

32-year Howe has been a revelation at the south-coast club after being appointed in 2008, saving the club from relegation to the Conference.

He rejected an approach from Peterborough last season to remain at Dean Court and has also bee linked with clubs such as Portsmouth this summer, but Mitchell is pleased to have tied him down.

"We've extended the deals to three years again. They were quite pleased to come on board and we were pleased to have them," Mitchell added.

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