AFC Bournemouth: Eddie Howe plays down Burnley return
Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe has played down his return to Burnley and says he is pleased his old club are doing well.
Howe rejoined Bournemouth in October 2012 and on Saturday takes his Cherries team to Turf Moor for the first time since he left there.
Eddie Howe's year in charge
- October: Howe is appointed Bournemouth boss on 12 October. The Cherries win their first game under his tenure against Leyton Orient.
- November: The Cherries are unbeaten throughout the month with four wins and two draws which earns Howe the manager of the month award.
- December: Bournemouth win all five of their games.
- January: Howe's side extend their unbeaten run to a club record 18-game streak with a draw at Swindon.
- February: Bournemouth's 2-1 victory at Crewe takes them to the top of the table for the first time.
- March: Howe's side end a five-match losing streak with a 1-0 victory over Stevenage. They go on to win their next eight games.
- April: Bournemouth win promotion to the Championship but miss out on the League One title on the last day of the season.
- May: Howe and his squad take part in an open-top bus parade around Bournemouth as they celebrate promotion.
- June: Howe brings Elliott Ward and Ian Harte into the club.
- July: Howe's Bournemouth welcome nine-time European champions Real Madrid to Dean Court.
- August: The Cherries open their Championship campaign with a 2-1 victory over Charlton. Howe breaks the club's transfer record to sign South Africa striker Tokelo Rantie.
- September: Howe sees chairman Eddie Mitchell step down from his role and sell his stake in the club to Maxim Demin.
Burnley currently top the Championship, with the Cherries in 15th position.
"I'm prepared for the media build-up, but for me it's another game against a side who have done very well," Howe told BBC Radio Solent.
"It is going to be very difficult, but from my point of view it is going to be business as usual and nothing really changes."
Howe finished 13th in his only full season at Burnley before leaving for personal reasons and has no regrets about his time there.
"They are a really good club, with really good people and were very supportive of us. They backed us and made us feel very welcome, and I am very grateful to everyone for that," he said.
"The job didn't always go as we wanted, it was a tough assignment and a tough project. They were a team that had just been relegated, wanted to rebuild and had to cut their cloth accordingly and bring in younger players."
Howe insisted he took pride in seeing the Clarets at the top of the Championship under his successor Sean Dyche, but was not jealous of their success.
"It gives me immense satisfaction to see the club doing because I've played a small part in that," he said.
"I think Sean Dyche and his team deserve all the credit for what they've done in terms of putting the club where they are."
Former Bournemouth players Danny Ings and Sam Vokes were signed by Howe while he was manager at Turf Moor and have scored a combined total of 22 league goals so far this season and he said he took enormous satisfaction in their progress.
"We got stick for the amount of ex-Bournemouth players we were signing," he recalled.
"No one was really aware of Danny Ings when we signed him. Sam Vokes had been on loan at several clubs and needed to find a new club, so I'm pleased for them that they have done well.
"They are great lads, great characters and deserve success and I'm pleased they are playing as well as I hoped they would when I signed them."