Last season, Eddie Howe pulled off what few thought he could in steering his Bournemouth side to Premier League promotion for the first time in the club's history.
Nine months later, under the guidance of the 38-year-old, the newly-promoted side have earned a reputation for being well organised and solid despite sitting 15th and four points above relegation.
Howe has forged a side capable of competing in England's top-flight, illustrated by his two consecutive wins over big boys Chelsea and Manchester United in December, whilst the Cherries' resilience was demonstrated during a 3-3 draw against Everton.
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The southeners fought their way back from 2-0 down to level the scores, and when the Toffees wildly celebrated Ross Barkley's 95th-minute goal, Howe's men refused to surrender and eqaulised once more through Junior Stanislas.
Granted, Bournemouth still have a long road ahead to avoid relegation, but the future is well and truly in their hands.
Howe has coped admirably given the long-term injuries suffered by Callum Wilson and Tyrone Mings in the early stages of the season, with the likes of Matt Ritchie, Glenn Murray, Joshua King and January signing Benik Afobe stepping up to the plate in the former's absence.
Furthermore, Howe's commitment to his attacking philisophy is simlarly admirable. Rather than adopting a defensive style of play synonymous with the teams around them at the bottom, the Englishman has persisted with deploying an attacking line-up.
The energy and character that saw Bournemouth claim promotion and the Championship title on the last day last season has resided into their debut Premier League campaign - and they owe much to manager Howe, who has worked wonders since taking over in 2012.
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