AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe allowed himself a moment to reflect on achieving Premier League status for a fourth season with a victory over Swansea City.
A well-worked set-piece saw a deflected Ryan Fraser effort take all three points against Swansea City, those points meant that with Stoke City relegated in the early kickoff, that the Cherries were now mathematically certain of another season in the top flight of English football.
In reality, it was never realistic to still fear the drop, but Howe would only speak about the clubs achievements until it was impossible to believe otherwise.
AFC Bournemouth will now enjoy a fourth season in the Premier League, ten years after fighting it out at the bottom of the fourth tier of English football, with a seventeen point deduction looking likely to send the Cherries down to non-league football and probable oblivion.
Howe told Sky Sports…
“It’s an incredible achievement, It can never be underestimated.
“This is such a difficult league and you see the size of the clubs that are still down there fighting relegation. That takes a huge effort from everybody, not just the players but the coaching staff and everybody connected with the club.
For the final home game of the 2017/18 campaign, Howe named a starting XI that included Simon Francis, Steve Cook, Charlie Daniels, Ryan Fraser and Marc Pugh, who have all represented the Cherries across League One, the Championship and the Premier League.
“You look at the starting 11 and there’s a lot of players that have been in League One there.
“Full credit to them, I love the story, I love what they’ve given me and everybody connected with the club over a long period of time…”
“…This is a great story and the fact we are still in the Premier League and will be next year, the story keeps going.”
Sat in the garden. Glass of vino. Contemplating AFCB having an incredible 4th season of Premier League football. That means that by the end of next season, no matter what, £1/2 billion, would have passed through the clubs coffers. Still no build on the training pitches, or even a brick laid on the new ground.
Should I moan? Maybe not. We sit higher in status than Leeds, Sunderland, Aston Villa, Notts Forest, Derby, and a few others who believe it is their right to be near the top of the food chain.
It will be another season of ups and downs, Hoping to shock one of the top 6, and trying to eek out points from the rest.
Still living the dream, but maybe a touch peed off with the way we are run.
For the sake of a late Steve Fletcher goal 9 years ago, we could be fighting it out with Weymouth/Poole Town/Salisbury for local pride.
Next year we could be welcoming the Champions League winners to Dean Court (It will always be called that).
Ah well. Less thinking, more drinking.
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