Slade hopes that Bournemouth remain in limbo

League One: Bournemouth v Leyton Orient

Orient head for Bournemouth on Saturday and manager Russell Slade is hoping the south coast side will not have a new manager in place by then.

Eddie Howe has been linked with a return to Dean Court after the big-spending League One side recently parted company with Paul Groves following a disappointing start to the season.

Bournemouth dropped into the bottom four last weekend and Slade knows their players will want to impress a new boss.

“I hope they have not got a new manager in place before Saturday,” said Slade.


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Bournemouth were tipped to do well at the start of the season and Slade added: “With the money they have spent and the money they have got they are under-achieving.

“Everyone connected with the club will know that, but it’s all about results and I’m sure whoever goes in there will eventually turn it round.”

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Lee Cook and Martin Rowlands, who were rested for the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy win against Barnet are likely to return, along with Ben Chorley, who has finished a one-game ban, while former Bournemouth man Michael Symes or Ryan Brunt are likely to start in place of the injured Kevin Lisbie, who is out for a month with a hamstring problem.

Lloyd James is doubtful after he picked up an injury against Barnet on Tuesday: “He is a concern,” admitted Slade.

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