AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has confessed that a ninth place finish in this seasons Premier League was not something the club had planned.
The Cherries ended their maiden season in the top flight of English football in 16th place on 42 points.
Eddie Howe’s side had scored 45 goals and had conceded 67.
Beyond survival in the Premier League for a second season, AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe just talked about his desire to improve on both the clubs points finish and position in the Premier League table.
Both had been achieved before the final weekend of the season and a 1-1 draw away to the outgoing Premier League champions Leicester City, ensured a 9th place finish on 46 points.
The Cherries also improved their goals scored tally by netting 55 but once again conceded 67 times.
Howe told the afcb.co.uk…
‘I think it`s complimentary to the players and how they have conducted themselves. The results in the main have been good but it`s not something we really planned for.
‘Obviously we would have loved to have done it but it wasn`t something we planned early in the season. The improvement of the team has been really good and I`m proud of the players.
‘It`s a real justification of how the team has improved, we want to improve year on year.
AFC Bournemouth thank you
….I probably speak for many of the silver generation of Bournemouth fans I hope when I say a huge thank you to all connected at the club for a momentous few years in England’s top flight culminating in a massive top ten finish!
Many of us have been on a journey that has been fraught with possible extinctions of our club over the years. Ther have been some notable highs in my time…promotion under Bond, Ted MacDougall’s amazing goal hauls, the disintegration of a really good side most of whom fled to Norwich to follow Bond. Several years in the basement of the football league…..Webbs wonders that got us promoted…only for us to return to the doldrums…being shafted by many dodgy directors and owners. The emergence of one Harry Redknapp and the absolute high of 1987, followed by the cruel luck and a relegation that hurt us and set us back a few decades. The miracle of Mel Machin’s ragbag of mainly Tottenham cast offs, who gave us the greatest escape ever from any relegation anywhere IMO. The Sean O’Driscoll years when we developed our very watchable playing style. A fantastic day in Wales when it looked like we would be looking up rather than down? Then came more turbulence with an ever growing debt and rescue plan after rescue plan, that nearly made us drop off the football spectrum. The rollercoaster years of Arthur Daley type dalliances and more sell to survive years.
Well now we can rejoice as if some footballing God has smiled upon us and given us a place at the top table for supper.
We all know that as AFCB fans nothing can be taken for granted or be seen as our right..but on a day as historical as this we can savour the quite unbelievable sight of seeing us standing above many giants of the game….who’d have ever thought it….certainly not I
Thanks again I am in rapture! – Join the conversation here.
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