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Steve Fletcher: Evolution over resolutions for AFC Bournemouth in 2017

PUBLISHED: 16:26 10 January 2017

Steve Fletcher oversees the training with the first team (Robin Jones/Digital South)

Steve Fletcher oversees the training with the first team (Robin Jones/Digital South)

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AFC Bournemouth will be hoping to make continued progress in 2017 but don’t feel the need for New Year’s Resolutions or particular targets to achieve this, says Steve Fletcher

As 2017 arrives, there will be plenty of people setting themselves New Year’s Resolutions. I won’t be one of them though. Each to their own, but I feel if you set a resolution and don’t end up achieving it, you will have set yourself up to be disappointed.

What I do believe in is constantly striving to be the very best that you can be. Both as an individual – as I continue my coaching role here at AFC Bournemouth – and as a football club, 2017 will be about continuing to make progress.

Much like I’m not one for making New Year’s Resolutions, AFC Bournemouth aren’t a club that sets too many targets. The ambition going into this season was to improve on the last campaign, finishing 15th or above in the Premier League would see us achieve that. But that doesn’t mean we are specifically targeting a 15th place finish in the league. Football doesn’t work like that, just as in the same way we don’t set ourselves a points target at the start of the season either.

The only general target the majority of clubs in the Premier League have is getting to that magic 40 points mark, because only one club (West Ham United in 2002-03) has been relegated with that tally in the league’s history. Other than that, 40 points has always been good enough for Premier League survival. Once we hopefully get to 40 points this season, we’ll see where we end up after that.

Under the management of Eddie Howe, we’ve always strived to achieve more season-on-season and we’ve managed to do that. Under Eddie’s management, we have always bettered our league finish of the previous campaign. The progress that has been made has been achieved through hard work and having a clear philosophy of what we are trying to do, rather than us setting too many targets.

Since becoming a first team coach at the club back in June, I have been on a massive learning curve. Certainly, the last six months working with Eddie Howe and his assistant Jason Tindall has been the greatest education I have received during my time in football. Because of the dynamic nature of our profession, you rarely get a chance to sit down and actually analyse things. On occasions though, I still have to pinch myself that I’ve been given such an opportunity with the club I love and it’s in the Premier League!

I want to get better as a coach and the best way to do that is through more coaching. With this in mind I’m keen to take more coaching sessions with the U21s to build my experience. Eventually I would like get to the position where I am able to take parts of first team training sessions myself. And that is certainly something I can strive for in 2017. 


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