On New Years Eve 2008, Eddie Howe was named as caretaker manager following the departure of Jimmy Quinn after just 121 days as manager.
Since then, Howe has taken charge of 300 games as permanent manager (302 if you include his two games as temporary boss).
Over two spells, either side of a sabbatical at Burnley, Howe has seen the club climb from near extinction and relegation to the fifth tier of English football right through to the Premier League.
The Great Escape and promotion from League Two with a 16 month transfer embargo came during his first spell.
His second spell, saw the side go from the relegation places to top of the table in just a few months before going on to win promotion from League One.
Two seasons later and AFC Bournemouth won the Football League Championship trophy and with it promotion to the top flight of English football for the first time in the clubs history.
Eddie Howe has been named manager of the decade for what he has achieved on the south coast, breaking almost every record in the clubs history books.
But what has been his favourite memory?
Howe told afcb.co.uk…
“I`d say the big memories, although it sounds clichéd, are the promotions we`ve won, They`re satisfying moments, you`ve achieved something long lasting – but I wouldn`t put any one ahead of the other.
“You`ve got the Great Escape too, battling under an embargo with the team spirit of the group was another incredible memory. Our promotion from League One was special as we had a difficult start and managed to achieve something and of course, the Championship promotion, winning a title for the club.”
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