Bournemouth boss: How we kept hold of Grabban

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Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has revealed how he convinced Lewis Grabban to turn down a move to Albion.

Howe insisted Bournemouth’s wage structure had not been broken by the striker’s new three-and-a-half year deal, which was announced today.

Grabban had looked set to move to The Amex after passing a medical during the week.

Howe told BBC Radio Solent tonight: “It was a bit of a difficult week. We had no control over what was happening.

 

“We knew a bid was coming in. We were powerless to stop it.

“Lewis went to speak to Brighton, we tried to convince him to stay.

“We asked him to give us an opportunity to put something to him.

“He gave us that opportunity and we managed to persuade him to stay.”

Howe suggested Grabban remained the lowest paid among the leading goalscorers in the Championship.

He added: “We are not big wage-payers. We can’t be with the revenue we earn and Financial Fair Play will hit us hard.”

Howe added: “He has been a model pro throughout. He handled himself very well during the week.

“At no stage did I ever feel his commitment to this club wavered.”


 

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10:23pm Sat 18 Jan 14

Clean Sheet says...

I guess he felt he would rather be a big fish in a small pond at Bournemouth, rather than warming our bench.
I guess he felt he would rather be a big fish in a small pond at Bournemouth, rather than warming our bench. Clean Sheet
  • Score: 4

10:26pm Sat 18 Jan 14

Far gull says...

No worries, not really who we needed and wonder how those cherry fans feel that were actually happy to see him go.
No worries, not really who we needed and wonder how those cherry fans feel that were actually happy to see him go. Far gull
  • Score: 3

10:29pm Sat 18 Jan 14

blue-eyed-boy says...

&?
&? blue-eyed-boy
  • Score: -6

10:33pm Sat 18 Jan 14

Withdean-er says...

Far gull wrote:
No worries, not really who we needed and wonder how those cherry fans feel that were actually happy to see him go.
Is a great point. He was getting slated as a club hopper, not having a great goals ratio, and being worth a fraction of the alleged fee.
[quote][p][bold]Far gull[/bold] wrote: No worries, not really who we needed and wonder how those cherry fans feel that were actually happy to see him go.[/p][/quote]Is a great point. He was getting slated as a club hopper, not having a great goals ratio, and being worth a fraction of the alleged fee. Withdean-er
  • Score: 10

10:33pm Sat 18 Jan 14

brightonup says...

It is never good to publicly pursue a player and not get his signature - ask Leeds about Barnes!
Having said that, a poorly motivated Championship standard player not joining us cannot be seen as a great loss. I hope he will one day regret it, but in the end - who cares?
It is never good to publicly pursue a player and not get his signature - ask Leeds about Barnes! Having said that, a poorly motivated Championship standard player not joining us cannot be seen as a great loss. I hope he will one day regret it, but in the end - who cares? brightonup
  • Score: 12

10:36pm Sat 18 Jan 14

seegull fly in sky says...

sine a gribbin um bryten lot ov munny
sine a gribbin um bryten lot ov munny seegull fly in sky
  • Score: -9

10:47pm Sat 18 Jan 14

Far gull says...

On a different note ,see another ex did really well today. Actually considering who we need as quoted by many others here today ,a return for Mr Noone would be a good shout. No flies on Malky,.
On a different note ,see another ex did really well today. Actually considering who we need as quoted by many others here today ,a return for Mr Noone would be a good shout. No flies on Malky,. Far gull
  • Score: 4

10:52pm Sat 18 Jan 14

Quiterie says...

Just because Bournemouth aren't "big wage-payers" it doesn't mean that Grabban wasn't given a big fat 're-signing on' fee and his agent wasn't paid a big fat 'contract renegotiation' fee. Grabban's decision is nothing to do with ambition and everything to do with money. I think the Albion have had a lucky escape..........
Just because Bournemouth aren't "big wage-payers" it doesn't mean that Grabban wasn't given a big fat 're-signing on' fee and his agent wasn't paid a big fat 'contract renegotiation' fee. Grabban's decision is nothing to do with ambition and everything to do with money. I think the Albion have had a lucky escape.......... Quiterie
  • Score: 10

11:02pm Sat 18 Jan 14

pte says...

Really quite shocking that a club the size of Brighton with it's financial clout couldn't persuade Grabban to sign but Eddie Howe managed to persuade him to stay. Howe says they haven't broken the pay structure amazing then that a club the size of Bournmouth have outbid Brighton!
Really quite shocking that a club the size of Brighton with it's financial clout couldn't persuade Grabban to sign but Eddie Howe managed to persuade him to stay. Howe says they haven't broken the pay structure amazing then that a club the size of Bournmouth have outbid Brighton! pte
  • Score: -1

11:10pm Sat 18 Jan 14

SMF20 says...

Couldn't care less.

No more Grabban stories please... This guy got far to much coverage when he wasn't even ours.

Next
Couldn't care less. No more Grabban stories please... This guy got far to much coverage when he wasn't even ours. Next SMF20
  • Score: 20

11:16pm Sat 18 Jan 14

Claude Back says...

seegull fly in sky wrote:
sine a gribbin um bryten lot ov munny
Volenti non fit injuria.
[quote][p][bold]seegull fly in sky[/bold] wrote: sine a gribbin um bryten lot ov munny[/p][/quote]Volenti non fit injuria. Claude Back
  • Score: 4

11:20pm Sat 18 Jan 14

fansunited says...

Quiterie wrote:
Just because Bournemouth aren't "big wage-payers" it doesn't mean that Grabban wasn't given a big fat 're-signing on' fee and his agent wasn't paid a big fat 'contract renegotiation' fee. Grabban's decision is nothing to do with ambition and everything to do with money. I think the Albion have had a lucky escape..........
Do find it strange that Bournemouth
accepted 1.1 million, an then offered
him a new contract....Bournemo
uth fans
Said we were welcome to him! So
guess they they are not to pleased.
Let's hope hope we go for Manson &
Conway......
[quote][p][bold]Quiterie[/bold] wrote: Just because Bournemouth aren't "big wage-payers" it doesn't mean that Grabban wasn't given a big fat 're-signing on' fee and his agent wasn't paid a big fat 'contract renegotiation' fee. Grabban's decision is nothing to do with ambition and everything to do with money. I think the Albion have had a lucky escape..........[/p][/quote]Do find it strange that Bournemouth accepted 1.1 million, an then offered him a new contract....Bournemo uth fans Said we were welcome to him! So guess they they are not to pleased. Let's hope hope we go for Manson & Conway...... fansunited
  • Score: 2

11:53pm Sat 18 Jan 14

ballantrrae says...

Quiterie wrote:
Just because Bournemouth aren't "big wage-payers" it doesn't mean that Grabban wasn't given a big fat 're-signing on' fee and his agent wasn't paid a big fat 'contract renegotiation' fee. Grabban's decision is nothing to do with ambition and everything to do with money. I think the Albion have had a lucky escape..........
You might well prove right. Personally I only want us to sign players who really want to join us.
Mason's price seems to have suddenly jumped up from £600,000 to £2 million. There must be a versatile striker who we can sign in the next 12 days to support Ulloa which I think is our top priority together with sorting out Bridcutt's situation quickly once and for all. If Bridcutt goes our budget will increase perhaps opening up other striker options.
[quote][p][bold]Quiterie[/bold] wrote: Just because Bournemouth aren't "big wage-payers" it doesn't mean that Grabban wasn't given a big fat 're-signing on' fee and his agent wasn't paid a big fat 'contract renegotiation' fee. Grabban's decision is nothing to do with ambition and everything to do with money. I think the Albion have had a lucky escape..........[/p][/quote]You might well prove right. Personally I only want us to sign players who really want to join us. Mason's price seems to have suddenly jumped up from £600,000 to £2 million. There must be a versatile striker who we can sign in the next 12 days to support Ulloa which I think is our top priority together with sorting out Bridcutt's situation quickly once and for all. If Bridcutt goes our budget will increase perhaps opening up other striker options. ballantrrae
  • Score: 6

12:00am Sun 19 Jan 14

Ex-pat Arnie says...

Can anyone remember the last time a player turned us down after agreeing to talks? The last I can think of was Owen Garvan.
Can anyone remember the last time a player turned us down after agreeing to talks? The last I can think of was Owen Garvan. Ex-pat Arnie
  • Score: 7

12:17am Sun 19 Jan 14

SMF20 says...

As much as I hate to say it. Cla ridges comments on the football league show were spot on.
As much as I hate to say it. Cla ridges comments on the football league show were spot on. SMF20
  • Score: 2

12:48am Sun 19 Jan 14

Tony the tiger eastbourne says...

SMF20 wrote:
As much as I hate to say it. Cla ridges comments on the football league show were spot on.
No missed it, what did he say SMF20?
[quote][p][bold]SMF20[/bold] wrote: As much as I hate to say it. Cla ridges comments on the football league show were spot on.[/p][/quote]No missed it, what did he say SMF20? Tony the tiger eastbourne
  • Score: 0

1:18am Sun 19 Jan 14

pjwilk says...

Tony the tiger eastbourne wrote:
SMF20 wrote:
As much as I hate to say it. Cla ridges comments on the football league show were spot on.
No missed it, what did he say SMF20?
He said Brighton had no ambition to win the game and played with 10 players behind the ball,playing for a draw at best.
[quote][p][bold]Tony the tiger eastbourne[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SMF20[/bold] wrote: As much as I hate to say it. Cla ridges comments on the football league show were spot on.[/p][/quote]No missed it, what did he say SMF20?[/p][/quote]He said Brighton had no ambition to win the game and played with 10 players behind the ball,playing for a draw at best. pjwilk
  • Score: 6

4:46am Sun 19 Jan 14

mark by the sea says...

Hi what worries me is Burke seems to be the manager, are we signing players based on cheap wages? It seems to me OG has little contact with the players, why was bridcutt talking to the assistant manager.... And not OG ?
I am happy we failed to sign grabban, but clearly our financial offer failed to convince him ...
Barnes claimed he only received one offer from the club in the summer? It's a bit of a mess ... If we have a ceiling on wages , then we sign injury prone players! Lua lua failed his medical before we signed him, Buckley another who is only fit when out of form... What's point in two wingers who are 50/50 injured /fit? Cheaper to have one like Conway with march on the bench,
We need to strengthen our starting 11 ,
The bench yesterday had 3 defenders, after we sold elabd! The new winger should have travelled.
I remember TB saying promotion was our aim, I have to say it looks like we look a million miles from that .
Hi what worries me is Burke seems to be the manager, are we signing players based on cheap wages? It seems to me OG has little contact with the players, why was bridcutt talking to the assistant manager.... And not OG ? I am happy we failed to sign grabban, but clearly our financial offer failed to convince him ... Barnes claimed he only received one offer from the club in the summer? It's a bit of a mess ... If we have a ceiling on wages , then we sign injury prone players! Lua lua failed his medical before we signed him, Buckley another who is only fit when out of form... What's point in two wingers who are 50/50 injured /fit? Cheaper to have one like Conway with march on the bench, We need to strengthen our starting 11 , The bench yesterday had 3 defenders, after we sold elabd! The new winger should have travelled. I remember TB saying promotion was our aim, I have to say it looks like we look a million miles from that . mark by the sea
  • Score: 10

7:30am Sun 19 Jan 14

Far gull says...

mark by the sea wrote:
Hi what worries me is Burke seems to be the manager, are we signing players based on cheap wages? It seems to me OG has little contact with the players, why was bridcutt talking to the assistant manager.... And not OG ?
I am happy we failed to sign grabban, but clearly our financial offer failed to convince him ...
Barnes claimed he only received one offer from the club in the summer? It's a bit of a mess ... If we have a ceiling on wages , then we sign injury prone players! Lua lua failed his medical before we signed him, Buckley another who is only fit when out of form... What's point in two wingers who are 50/50 injured /fit? Cheaper to have one like Conway with march on the bench,
We need to strengthen our starting 11 ,
The bench yesterday had 3 defenders, after we sold elabd! The new winger should have travelled.
I remember TB saying promotion was our aim, I have to say it looks like we look a million miles from that .
I said a similar thing on another thread. We are a million miles from promotion material after I think selling two and soon to be three of our heart and sole ,been with us on 'the journey ' players.
This is beginning to look like Gus right after all and the 'rot' was not all his fault last season. Amazing we are where we are. Tony please sort this out.
[quote][p][bold]mark by the sea[/bold] wrote: Hi what worries me is Burke seems to be the manager, are we signing players based on cheap wages? It seems to me OG has little contact with the players, why was bridcutt talking to the assistant manager.... And not OG ? I am happy we failed to sign grabban, but clearly our financial offer failed to convince him ... Barnes claimed he only received one offer from the club in the summer? It's a bit of a mess ... If we have a ceiling on wages , then we sign injury prone players! Lua lua failed his medical before we signed him, Buckley another who is only fit when out of form... What's point in two wingers who are 50/50 injured /fit? Cheaper to have one like Conway with march on the bench, We need to strengthen our starting 11 , The bench yesterday had 3 defenders, after we sold elabd! The new winger should have travelled. I remember TB saying promotion was our aim, I have to say it looks like we look a million miles from that .[/p][/quote]I said a similar thing on another thread. We are a million miles from promotion material after I think selling two and soon to be three of our heart and sole ,been with us on 'the journey ' players. This is beginning to look like Gus right after all and the 'rot' was not all his fault last season. Amazing we are where we are. Tony please sort this out. Far gull
  • Score: 1

7:33am Sun 19 Jan 14

Gaz the great says...

Glad we failed to sign him, somewhat over-rated! Let Bridcutt go & wish him luck! Time for another striker as although cms is nearly fit has never had a prolific striking rate, much better as the link between midfield & our lone striker we like to play!
Glad we failed to sign him, somewhat over-rated! Let Bridcutt go & wish him luck! Time for another striker as although cms is nearly fit has never had a prolific striking rate, much better as the link between midfield & our lone striker we like to play! Gaz the great
  • Score: -1

8:41am Sun 19 Jan 14

namgo49 says...

He wanted to play week in week out and there was no way that would be the case with us. He would have got a wedge of money and pay rise with Bournemouth and known that if he maintained his form get a game ever week. What is wrong with that?

No way is Mason worth £2 mill. I'd rather we went without than spend that on a third choice striker once CMS is back. Should have made Barnes a better offer!

We must be more attack minded. Win or bust what the heck!!
He wanted to play week in week out and there was no way that would be the case with us. He would have got a wedge of money and pay rise with Bournemouth and known that if he maintained his form get a game ever week. What is wrong with that? No way is Mason worth £2 mill. I'd rather we went without than spend that on a third choice striker once CMS is back. Should have made Barnes a better offer! We must be more attack minded. Win or bust what the heck!! namgo49
  • Score: 2

9:22am Sun 19 Jan 14

nkwbtn says...

It might be just me being a little simple here but I read the headline which implies that will tell us HOW the bournemouth manager kept his player but the n doesn't really tell us anything but waffle?

He says they did not offer him a shed load of extra pay but just managed to persuade him to stay.

I am not an argus basher - I like the coverage they provide but FFS!
It might be just me being a little simple here but I read the headline which implies that will tell us HOW the bournemouth manager kept his player but the n doesn't really tell us anything but waffle? He says they did not offer him a shed load of extra pay but just managed to persuade him to stay. I am not an argus basher - I like the coverage they provide but FFS! nkwbtn
  • Score: 2

9:44am Sun 19 Jan 14

fansunited says...

Hope lives to regret taking Eddie Howe's advice....
Hope lives to regret taking Eddie Howe's advice.... fansunited
  • Score: -4

10:08am Sun 19 Jan 14

Talkingheadera says...

Yet again youre up you're own arses.
If you are so much better than bournemouth then why the 2 draws with us. Grabban has stated what I said earlier. It's only Polite to see what a club has to say. He realised he's at the better club and like most players loves pl ting for Howe.
It's very odd that now you have a bigger stadium you think you're ambitions don't match ours. How do you know that we aren't planning a bigger stadium? Bournemouth did not accept your bid they had no choice because of contract clause.
Yet again youre up you're own arses. If you are so much better than bournemouth then why the 2 draws with us. Grabban has stated what I said earlier. It's only Polite to see what a club has to say. He realised he's at the better club and like most players loves pl ting for Howe. It's very odd that now you have a bigger stadium you think you're ambitions don't match ours. How do you know that we aren't planning a bigger stadium? Bournemouth did not accept your bid they had no choice because of contract clause. Talkingheadera
  • Score: 1

10:14am Sun 19 Jan 14

B-hove says...

Far gull wrote:
mark by the sea wrote:
Hi what worries me is Burke seems to be the manager, are we signing players based on cheap wages? It seems to me OG has little contact with the players, why was bridcutt talking to the assistant manager.... And not OG ?
I am happy we failed to sign grabban, but clearly our financial offer failed to convince him ...
Barnes claimed he only received one offer from the club in the summer? It's a bit of a mess ... If we have a ceiling on wages , then we sign injury prone players! Lua lua failed his medical before we signed him, Buckley another who is only fit when out of form... What's point in two wingers who are 50/50 injured /fit? Cheaper to have one like Conway with march on the bench,
We need to strengthen our starting 11 ,
The bench yesterday had 3 defenders, after we sold elabd! The new winger should have travelled.
I remember TB saying promotion was our aim, I have to say it looks like we look a million miles from that .
I said a similar thing on another thread. We are a million miles from promotion material after I think selling two and soon to be three of our heart and sole ,been with us on 'the journey ' players.
This is beginning to look like Gus right after all and the 'rot' was not all his fault last season. Amazing we are where we are. Tony please sort this out.
Difficult when you are "wintering in Australia". Perhaps we need decision makers who mix freely and openly with players and other staff - and speak with people, face-to-face.
[quote][p][bold]Far gull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mark by the sea[/bold] wrote: Hi what worries me is Burke seems to be the manager, are we signing players based on cheap wages? It seems to me OG has little contact with the players, why was bridcutt talking to the assistant manager.... And not OG ? I am happy we failed to sign grabban, but clearly our financial offer failed to convince him ... Barnes claimed he only received one offer from the club in the summer? It's a bit of a mess ... If we have a ceiling on wages , then we sign injury prone players! Lua lua failed his medical before we signed him, Buckley another who is only fit when out of form... What's point in two wingers who are 50/50 injured /fit? Cheaper to have one like Conway with march on the bench, We need to strengthen our starting 11 , The bench yesterday had 3 defenders, after we sold elabd! The new winger should have travelled. I remember TB saying promotion was our aim, I have to say it looks like we look a million miles from that .[/p][/quote]I said a similar thing on another thread. We are a million miles from promotion material after I think selling two and soon to be three of our heart and sole ,been with us on 'the journey ' players. This is beginning to look like Gus right after all and the 'rot' was not all his fault last season. Amazing we are where we are. Tony please sort this out.[/p][/quote]Difficult when you are "wintering in Australia". Perhaps we need decision makers who mix freely and openly with players and other staff - and speak with people, face-to-face. B-hove
  • Score: 0

10:14am Sun 19 Jan 14

Talkingheadera says...

And grabban is a good championship player. Not prolific but intelligent and hard working. Not premier league standard but you won't get there and how many of you're current players are of that standard?
The bournemouth fans thought 800kprofit was good but don't realise how hard it would be to replace him for that money.
And grabban is a good championship player. Not prolific but intelligent and hard working. Not premier league standard but you won't get there and how many of you're current players are of that standard? The bournemouth fans thought 800kprofit was good but don't realise how hard it would be to replace him for that money. Talkingheadera
  • Score: 1

11:10am Sun 19 Jan 14

Bucket feet Duffy says...

Has any one thought that if you underspend for a season or possibly two that you then have that money in hand rather like having had a parachute payment for a big push, could this be the plan? after all we are unlikley to be relegated now, maybe we save the money now on wages get a big lump for bridcutt save on his barnes and elabd wages for half a season recruit some quality come summer, but then maybe not , could have saved all the effort on my fingers but i am going to press the post button anyway.
Has any one thought that if you underspend for a season or possibly two that you then have that money in hand rather like having had a parachute payment for a big push, could this be the plan? after all we are unlikley to be relegated now, maybe we save the money now on wages get a big lump for bridcutt save on his barnes and elabd wages for half a season recruit some quality come summer, but then maybe not , could have saved all the effort on my fingers but i am going to press the post button anyway. Bucket feet Duffy
  • Score: 2

11:22am Sun 19 Jan 14

mikeygit says...

Howe still did not explain how they hung on to Grabban---as if we are interested.
As I see it with the contracts being banded around at present--we lost Barnes partly because we only offered him a short contract, same with El Abd. I think the Club are only offering short term contracts to players who may be good and hard working Championship players but would never make the grade in the premiership, so IF the idea is we go up this or next season--some hope as things stand--but they do not want to be lumbered with players with long term contracts who are sub standard Premiership players. All said the club HAVE to sort out the current mess which could get worse if TB does not get his arse back here and get stability back into the club. Sort Bridcutt QUICK and get some players who are keen to put in a good shift in for their club and can score goals!! Simples__
Howe still did not explain how they hung on to Grabban---as if we are interested. As I see it with the contracts being banded around at present--we lost Barnes partly because we only offered him a short contract, same with El Abd. I think the Club are only offering short term contracts to players who may be good and hard working Championship players but would never make the grade in the premiership, so IF the idea is we go up this or next season--some hope as things stand--but they do not want to be lumbered with players with long term contracts who are sub standard Premiership players. All said the club HAVE to sort out the current mess which could get worse if TB does not get his arse back here and get stability back into the club. Sort Bridcutt QUICK and get some players who are keen to put in a good shift in for their club and can score goals!! Simples__ mikeygit
  • Score: 2

12:12pm Sun 19 Jan 14

Andrea Orlandigasm says...

He probably had no intention of coming here but used us to get a better deal at Bournemouth. I'm glad we didn't sign him as we should be able to do much better.
He probably had no intention of coming here but used us to get a better deal at Bournemouth. I'm glad we didn't sign him as we should be able to do much better. Andrea Orlandigasm
  • Score: 0

1:21pm Sun 19 Jan 14

tinker111 says...

pte wrote:
Really quite shocking that a club the size of Brighton with it's financial clout couldn't persuade Grabban to sign but Eddie Howe managed to persuade him to stay. Howe says they haven't broken the pay structure amazing then that a club the size of Bournmouth have outbid Brighton!
Albion ? What F Clout not great payers I am sure and hide behind FFP when other club's in champ break the rules ad lib " Clearly confirmed by ex Albion striker during and after Albions match at derby < GO TO SUSSEX RADIO and named club's as well on radio
[quote][p][bold]pte[/bold] wrote: Really quite shocking that a club the size of Brighton with it's financial clout couldn't persuade Grabban to sign but Eddie Howe managed to persuade him to stay. Howe says they haven't broken the pay structure amazing then that a club the size of Bournmouth have outbid Brighton![/p][/quote]Albion ? What F Clout not great payers I am sure and hide behind FFP when other club's in champ break the rules ad lib " Clearly confirmed by ex Albion striker during and after Albions match at derby < GO TO SUSSEX RADIO and named club's as well on radio tinker111
  • Score: -2

6:55pm Sun 19 Jan 14

OldGull says...

seegull fly in sky wrote:
sine a gribbin um bryten lot ov munny
En cualquier idioma, eres un lanzador
[quote][p][bold]seegull fly in sky[/bold] wrote: sine a gribbin um bryten lot ov munny[/p][/quote]En cualquier idioma, eres un lanzador OldGull
  • Score: -1

7:01pm Sun 19 Jan 14

Talkingheadera says...

Bournemouth in for mason too!
Jaw drop time for seaweed fans.
Bournemouth in for mason too! Jaw drop time for seaweed fans. Talkingheadera
  • Score: 0

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