Howe insists Bournemouth philosophy won't be swayed by pundits

AFC Bournemouth Crest

Despite securing Premier League survival, the Cherries have only won one of their last seven games, leaving Howe to defend his side's approach.

AFC Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe insists that outside opinions will not change his management style at the club, despite their poor recent run. 

Despite their maiden Premier League season ending in survival, the Cherries have registered just one win in their last seven games. 

Howe's men travel to Manchester United on Sunday looking to end their season on a high, and he insists that negative opinions surrounding his team's expansive style will not persuade him to change his approach.

He told the club's official website: "I don't care what people say from the outside, I only care about my staff, my family and the players. No one can sway me on my football beliefs. 

"If they could sway me on those beliefs by words alone, I wouldn't be much of a man. Or I wouldn't have strong enough convictions about my work." 

Despite the confidence he has in his own abilities and his philosophy, Howe admits he is willing to listen to others around him on how he can improve, although he insists he has no time for the opinions of pundits. 

He continued: "I am passionate about what I believe in. That's not to say I'm always right or I can't review what I do and make it better. But you can't change the words of pundits. 

"I have a team here that give their input to make our team better, so I am not afraid to listen to those people. Ultimately as the leader of the group I have to make the final calls, but I am here to play a part in the team and it's great to be involved in a machine that works so well."

Nevertheless the Cherries face an uphill task in trying to earn a positive result at Old Trafford this weekend, with Louis Van Gaal's men desperate for a win to keep themselves in contention for a place in next season's Champions League.

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