Written by Harvey Camp (@harveycampjourn)
AFC Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe’s managerial career has been a story nothing short of remarkable.
He has masterminded the Cherries’ climb from the fourth tier of English football to the very top of the game, competing in the Premier League with some of the world’s biggest names.
The former Bournemouth player has been an integral part of the club’s seven year transformation, putting his imprint on a side that have not only bought into his ideology but also embraced it.
He has got Bournemouth playing a brand of football that is commonly associated with some of the world’s most elite sides.
Howe took over at Vitality Stadium initially in January 2009, bringing the club out of the relegation zone in League Two despite a seventeen point deficit when he was appointed.
This stamped his reputation as a fan favourite very early on.
Although Howe and Bournemouth parted ways briefly in 2011, when he joined Burnley, he re-joined the Cherries in October 2012.
During his second reign, Howe managed to win the Manager of the Decade at the Football League awards in April 2015.
This followed his achievement of taking Bournemouth from League One to the Championship in just one season, and shed light on his work with the club from 2009.
Just eight days later Howe led the South Coast side to promotion to the Premier League, a massive landmark in the club’s history.
But are there greener pastures for the Bournemouth boss?
Howe’s journey with the Cherries has unsurprisingly turned heads in the footballing world, insinuating the ability to get the best out of a squad with limited investment.
So the question arises, is he destined for top six or even top four management?
Bournemouth defender Charlie Daniels compared his boss to Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola in light of City’s documentary released on Amazon Prime last year.
The left-back revealed that Howe and the Spaniard “share the same mentality” when it comes to player management and tactical approach.
Despite the CV that the ex-Bournemouth player has built up as boss, assessing his ability to coach superstar players is one that he can never really tick off the list until he goes down other avenues.
This is a concept which could prompt him to look at “pastures greener”.
However, what is evident for Howe is his achievements as the spearhead of Bournemouth’s charge to the Premier League certainly wouldn’t have slipped under the radar.
And if it were to trigger a move higher up the top tier of English football, or even possibly elsewhere, he’s certainly earned his stripes to do so.