Former Town bosses recruited as Football League bloggers
Oct 30 2009 by Dougie Thomson, Huddersfield Daily Examiner
ANDY RITCHIE, who bossed both Town and Oldham, is one of two ex-Galpharm managers giving their expert views via blogs on the Football League website.
Ritchie covers League I each week while Jackson, who parted company with Lincoln earlier his season, looks at League II.
Leaders Bournemouth and their boss Eddie Howe are put under the spotlight by Jackson this week.
“They are currently riding high on the crest of a wave with a 31-year-old manager and you have to admire what Eddie has done,” he writes.
“When he took over, they were in dire straits, desperately trying to salvage their Football League future following a 17-point deduction.
“Yet he steered them to safety with an amazing run late on last term and has carried their momentum on brilliantly in this, his first full season at the helm.
“I was 36 when I took over as manager of Huddersfield Town in the Championship and I felt young at the time.
“For someone five years younger than I was to have been asked to run a team with so many problems raised my eyebrows at the time.
“I thought they’d be relegation certainties, but he took on the challenge and has taken to management astonishingly well.”
Bournemouth host fellow pacesetters Rochdale tomorrow, when League I leaders Leeds, 4-0 winners at Bristol Rovers on Monday, take on another West country team, with Yeovil visiting.
Second-placed Charlton make the long trek to Carlisle while Colchester, in third, go to Millwall.
Southend host Gillingham tonight.