Are Bournemouth exceeding expectations?
Bournemouth are current 9th in the Premier League. This is a big achievement for a team that was only promoted for the first time to the Premier League three seasons ago. Bournemouth’s rise to the top has been very impressive. In 2009 they almost went into liquidation but were allowed to play in League Two with a 17-point deduction for their administering problems. It was a huge achievement that they were not relegated to non-league football. A local business man bought the club but without much expectation of how they would progress.
Eddie Howe, who played for the team, was given the managerial position after having to retire early due to injury at the age of 31. He had no previous experience, however the team finished second in League two and got Bournemouth promoted to League One. He then got offers from different clubs and went to manage Burnley. Bournemouth reached the playoff that year but lost to Huddersfield in penalties. The next season they had a terrible start and got rid of their coach. Howe came back with the team in 20th, however still got them promoted back to the Championship. Their first season they finished 10th which was a good result for such a small inexperienced team. The following season Howe took them further and won the Championship and reaching the Premier League for the first time in their history.
This is a huge achievement for such a small club, and for such a young manager. Howe has done a tremendous job in the 8 years he has been at the club. Their first season in the Premier League they finished 16th, after everyone thought that they would be relegated for sure. Last season they finished in 9th. This is such a huge achievement for a club that only 8 years ago were almost liquidated.
This season Bournemouth are one of the teams out of the top 6 who look very dangerous. Fraser, Wilson, and King have all stood out this season and, Wilson even earned his first England call last month. Bournemouth and Howe should be extremely proud that they have come this far, and that people acknowledge them as a strong team.