Bournemouth promotion is great for football

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Eddie how had a thoroughly unspectacular playing career, plying his trade in the lower echelons of English football and hanging up his boots around his 30th birthday.

But his managerial career has gone from strength to strength, and Bournemouth under his tutelage in two separate spells have gone from the relegation zone of league two, with a 17 point deduction and transfer embargo, to promotion to the Premier League in six short years.

In 2009 they were on the verge of non-league football, and a possible decline into nothingness, and now the club's financial future is secure for many years to come, and they have the chance to play in one of the world's most difficult and monetarily rewarding leagues.

And the footballing world needs to stand up and collectively applaud Eddie Howe. He's one of very few managers to have guided a team through all four leagues of English football, and apart from his brief stint with Burnley a few years ago, his dedication and loyalty to Bournemouth as both a player and manager is admirable.

He grew up watching Bournemouth, and his entire professional career in the game has been with the club (apart from two games for Portsmouth and a brief managerial spell with Burnley), and he's truly repaid the club after them standing by him through injury problems that plagued the end of his playing career.

It's so refreshing to see a local boy with the dedication and commitment to have stuck by his local club, and through pure determination and intelligence guide his team to the Premier League from quite literally, the brink of extinction.

His managerial success, according to those close to him, is through hard work and attention to detail. His former roommate and teammate Steve Fletcher described him as "eating, breathing and sleeping football, and Bournemouth is his club".

Success down to hard work

But to have had the success he's had can never be purely down to hard work and desire, it requires a knowledge and understanding of the game few have, and which Eddie Howe seems to have in abundance.

It hasn't been luck which has got Howe and his teams to where they are. His teams have played good football during their meteoric rise, and that makes it even more admirable, and they've done it on as tight a budget as can be imagined, making it yet more admirable. That must be down to tactical acumen, ability on the training ground, and excellent man management.

The club's owner, who invested in the club to save them when they were on the brink also deserves so much credit for saving the club, and he will now reap the rewards.

Bournemouth's 3-0 win over Bolton epitomizes their rise, it was a stylish performance, played in the right way, and I for one can't wait to see them in the Premier League next year, being managed by one of the game's youngest managers and possibly a rising star.

This has truly been one of football's great stories of the last decade, from the brink of non-league to the Premier League, and the footballing world should stand up and applaud.

Well done Bournemouth!

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