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Howe relishes Burnley return

Eddie Howe Photo: Mick Cunningham

AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe returns to his former club this weekend looking for Cherries' first win in four games.

Howe was in charge for two years at Dean Court before being named as Burnley manager in January 2011. He won 34 out of 87 games in charge of the Clarets before deciding to move back to the south coast, where he has enjoyed unprecedented success and lifted Bournemouth back to the second tier of English football for the first time since 1990.

The 35-year-old has won over half of his 55 games since his return to Bournemouth but goes into tomorrow's clash off the back of two consecutive defeats at the hands of Leicester City and Bolton Wanderers.

Following last weekend's 2-1 loss, Bournemouth sit in 15th - six points off the play-off spaces and exactly the same clear of the relegation zone.

Burnley have enjoyed the scintillating form of former Cherries striker Danny Ings this season, whose nine goals have propelled Sean Dyche's side to top of the league.

Howe was the man who signed Ings at Burnley but the 21-year-old's early career at Turf Moor was plagued by injuries.

This season has been totally different for the England Under 21 international, who sits second in the Championship scoring charts.

The last time these two sides met was in the FA Cup Third Round in 2005, when Howe was an unused substitute for the Cherries against a Burnley side that included Chelsea defender Gary Cahill.

Burnley ran out 2-0 winners on that day thanks to an Ian Thomas-Moore double so Bournemouth will be seeking contrasting fortunes tomorrow as they look to get their play-off push back on track against the league leaders.