With no weekend game for the Rovers, this Friday’s Viva Video casts its eye towards the midweek fixtures and Tuesday’s home game against Burnley. The match at the Keepmoat will see two former Bournemouth managers in the opposing dugouts as Sean O’Driscoll welcomes one of his protegés, recently appointed Clarets boss Eddie Howe.
Having begun his career at Bournemouth Howe spent eight years on the Dorset coast in the company of O’Driscoll, and indeed signed for the club in the Rovers’ manager’s final playing season for the Cherries. Howe would play two seasons under O’Driscoll before moving to Portsmouth in 2002. The following season O’Driscoll achieved the milestone for which he is best remembered at Dean Court, winning the Division Three Play-Off Final at the Millennium Stadium.
Eight years on from the Cherries 5-2 demolition of Lincoln City in Cardiff, Howe was not only back at Bournemouth, but was leading the club as the Football League’s youngest manager. Having staved off relegation to non-league at the end of the 2008-09 season, he duly defied the odds to lead Bournemouth, transfer embargo and all, to automatic promotion from the fourth tier.
So as Howe and O’Driscoll are reunited in South Yorkshire this Tuesday, it seems an apt time to the pairs’ common denominator. Promotion from the fourth tier with Bournemouth, the first club they had managed. First up is O’Driscoll’s indoor triumph of ’02 complete with radio commentary which makes up in excitement for what it lacks in substance.
And secondly Eddie Howe’s success at taking the Cherries up. Warning; this clip features strong images of Jonathan Pearce right from the start.
Wow. Jonathan Pearce and Leroy Rosenior… and they say its Grim up North.