Eddie Howe has full support of Bournemouth chair Jeff Mostyn

Bournemouth chairman Jeff Mostyn has given full backing to manager Eddie Howe as the Premier League club continue to struggle for their first win in 2017.

Mostyn said his relationship with Howe was “incredible” and that there was not a more “level-headed person”.

“Eddie is our manager and will continue to be our manager for the foreseeable future,” Mostyn said.

The Cherries are at 14th place, five points off relegation, and were routed 6-3 by Everton last weekend.

Howe, 39, led Bournemouth to a 16th-place finish last season in their first-ever campaign in the top flight, and his side were ninth at the turn of the year.

But their performance dipped, beginning with a squandered 3-0 lead against Arsenal to draw at the Vitality Stadium on 3 January, before defeat by League One side Millwall in the FA Cup third round and losses to fellow survival rivals Hull City and Crystal Palace.

“It is always a concern when you are not winning games,” Mostyn claimed about the poor run. “Over the last three or four years the team have always had a poor run of form in January and February.”

“I am totally convinced we will get back to winning ways. February presents us with a very difficult programme but the Premier League is topsy-turvy.”

The Cherries host Manchester City on Monday and travel to West Brom before the end of February, before going on the road again to visit Manchester United at the start of March.

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