Eddie Howe has spoken of his belief that his AFC Bournemouth side can survive their maiden year in the Premier League after simulating their season in Football Manager 2015 without resorting to any cheats.
The 37-year-old guided his side to a comfortable 15th place finish in the imaginary world, all the while resisting the urge to remove all injuries, bans or changing all morale to Superb.
Howe said: ‘It’s a challenge for sure, but if I’ve learned anything from the last twenty years of playing Football Manager, it’s that a lot of hard work, and a little luck, can go a long way’.
When asked if he really, honestly didn’t cheat at all, Howe replied: ‘Well, okay, I did do a hard reset after we got beat 7-4 away to Norwich, but that’s never going to happen in real life, is it? So, yeah, that doesn’t really count as far as I’m concerned. Anyway, there was a good chance that the game would have crashed anyway – we all know how buggy it can be’.
Bournemouth open their campaign at home to Aston Villa, a tie Howe lost 0-1 in the game.