Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe will begin plans to make the club competitive in the Premier League next season when he returns to work today.
The south-coast club clinched the Sky Bet Championship title with a 3-0 final-day win at Charlton, a result which saw them finish one point clear of Watford.
It is a first-ever promotion to the top flight for the Cherries, and their 37-year-old manager is under no illusions as to how hard it will be to keep them there.
“We need to evolve. We need to get better, that would have been regardless of what division we were in,”
Howe added: “I think the challenge for us is to try and be competitive in a league where it’s incredibly difficult as we’ve seen this year for promoted sides.
“Naturally, they will be at the bottom end of the league so we’ve got a big challenge ahead.”
Bournemouth’s rise is a classic football fairytale. The club narrowly avoided dropping out of the Football League six years ago and the season before that were perilously close to liquidation.
Howe, in his second spell in charge at the club following a two-season stint as manager of Burnley, said the manner in which the Cherries had taken the Championship by storm had been the most satisfying aspect of their success.
“The amazing thing from our perspective this year is not just the points we’ve got and winning the league, it’s how we’ve done it as well,” he said.
“I believe we play the hardest way, a very attractive style and the players have shown great bravery at times to achieve the things we have.”
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