Bournemouth in free fall as fairy-tale journey hits problems

Eddie Howe has seen far worse crises at Bournemouth.

Go back to the 1990s, when he was a player, and there was Howe taking to the streets of the southern seaside town with a bucket, collecting cash to keep the financially stricken club alive.

How about New Year’s Day in 2009, when Howe took over as caretaker manager of the club when it was in last place in England’s fourth division, 10 points adrift of safety and seemingly with no hope?

So, a decade later, Howe will be putting Bournemouth’s current plight in the context of its perilous recent history.

It doesn’t mean he’s not worried.

Bournemouth is in free fall in the Premier League, with its injury-ravaged team having lost five
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