On Saturday, Bournemouth extended their winning run to three games, after their 3-2 victory over relegation rivals Swansea. This result is set to ensure the clubs safety in the top flight, as they have now reached the 38 point mark, with eight games still to go.
This is a remarkable achievement for the club, who have encountered numerous obstacles throughout the season. As Max Gradel, Callum Wilson and Tommy Elphick, were ruled out with serious injuries, which has seen them all miss the majority of the campaign.
At the time, many thought these injuries would end up being critical and would potentially send the newly promoted side down. But the way the club have managed to cope without some of their key players, emphasises further how well they have done this season.
Their manager, Eddie Howe, has done a magnificent job this season. If it was not for the outrageous and unprecedented job Claudio Ranieri has done at Leicester, Howe would surely be a main contender for the manager of the year accolade.
If Howe manages to finish off the job by keeping Bournemouth up this season, it must be considered his greatest achievement in management so far, in what has been an illustrious career as a manager up to this point.
The way in which the manager has handled his sides injury problems really is admirable. There has not been any point this season where Howe has made Bournemouth’s injuries an excuse for their form, he has just got on with his business as usual.
In my opinion, Eddie Howe is the best up and coming British manager at this point in time and he has the potential to go onto become one of the greats. It is only a matter of time before one of the bigger clubs in England come in for him. I am sure I speak for the vast majority of British football fans, in that I wish him all the best. As it is brilliant to see a young manager making his way into the Premier League, who is seemingly going from strength to strength at this improved level.
The factor which is most impressive though, is how they have not altered their style from their historic promotion campaign last season. They still have an attacking, high intensity style, which gained them so much respect from onlookers last season.
The manager decided against changing his sides style, as he placed his belief upon his players to win points by playing the way which got them promoted to the Premier League in the first place. This means Howe deserves further praise for his sides success.
Bournemouth’s dramatic rise up the divisions will give all football league sides optimism that promotion to the Premier League is possible for anyone. As long as the club possesses a manager who creates a brilliant harmony within the squad, anything is possible.
The seemingly unbreakable harmony within the Bournemouth camp was evident when Max Gradel scored his first goal for the club on Saturday, as the striker and the rest of the players headed for the dugout to celebrate with their manager.
The forward spoke of his gratitude for his manager after the game:
The manager is the reason I came back and I have a lot to give him. He trusted me and let me go back to Africa to recover and to see my family. Not a lot of people would have done that.I have to give something back. His team are winning and if he’s happy, I’m happy. That was why I was so pleased to score a goal for him.
The Bournemouth players also deserve a lot of credit. Most of the squad have not played on a consistent basis at this level before, so the way that the players have adapted and improved over the course of the season is great to see. As a result of this, the vast majority of the Bournemouth squad, have deservedly, earned themselves the tags of being Premier League class.
With Bournemouth near enough securing their safety, they will be hoping to push on next season, by steadily moving up the table.
With Eddie Howe as manager, the emphatic rise of Afc Bournemouth is not over just yet.