The 2008/09 season saw the Cherries start with a 17-point deduction, welcome back Cherries legend Steve Fletcher and employ three different managers.
Kevin Bond was quickly relieved of his post and replaced by Jimmy Quinn. This proved to be a false dawn, culminating in the sack on New Year’s Eve. After two games as caretaker manager, Eddie Howe, was employed as the third and what proved to be the final manager of the season. Who gave the most, we know, but here’s their head to head record:
KEVIN BOND | Played 4 | Won 0 – Drew 2 – Lost 2 – Points 2/6 = 0.5 points per game
JIMMY QUINN | Played 19 | Won 5 – Drew 7 – Lost 7 – Points 22/54 = 1.2 points per game
EDDIE HOWE | Played 23 | Won 12 – Drew 3 – Lost 8 – Points 39/66 = 1.7 points per game
So what does this equate to over a season:
KEVIN BOND | Played 46 – Points 23 – Position – 24th
JIMMY QUINN | Played 46 – Points 55 (-17=38 22nd) – Position – 15th
EDDIE HOWE | Played 46 – Points 78 (-17=61 13th) – Position – 3rd/4th (decide on goal difference)
So even the useless Jimmy Quinn could have kept us up, while Eddie Howe would have taken us to a respectable mid-table position.
Looking forward to next season, it looks like automatic promotion or at the very least the play-offs. League One here we come…
These stats do not include cup games but do include Howe’s two match reign as caretaker manager.