Promotion-winning AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe may have to build a bigger mantelpiece to cope with a growing number of trophies after being named the Ladbrokes #MasterAtWork for May.
Howe, who guided the Cherries to the Championship title and a first ever season in the English top flight, adds the Ladbrokes honour to the LMA Manager of the Season gong he picked up earlier this week.
Bournemouth’s transformation under Howe has been remarkable, with the former Cherries defender taking the club from the brink of oblivion – when a 17-point deduction for entering administration threatened an exit from the Football league and possible closure – to the a first ever season in the Premier League in just seven years.
James Curtis of Ladbrokes said: “What Eddie Howe has achieved in such a short space of time at Bournemouth is astonishing.
“The Cherries played some very attractive football en-route to the Championship title and they are fancied by some to go well in the top flight next year and that is largely down to Howe’s obvious talents.”
The club’s turnaround has seen Howe touted as a future England manager and linked with a number of bigger clubs but the humble 37-year-old was quick to hail his playing squad as the main reason behind the club’s recent successes.
Talking exclusively to Ladbrokes News, Howe said: “Thank you to everyone at Ladbrokes for the award, it’s an honour to be recognised as a #MasterAtWork.
“I accept it, as always, on behalf of the team and a group of players that were outstanding for the duration of the season, and deserve every accolade that comes their way.”
While Bournemouth’s exploits this season have resulted in a host of well-earned plaudits and awards the betting suggests the Dean Court outfit are very much a club on the rise.
Howe’s side are expected to do much more than just make up the numbers next season, with Ladbrokes offering odds of just 5/1 on the manager guiding his side to a top 10 finish in 2015/16.
More optimistic Cherries fans can get 750/1 on Howe finishing his debut Premier League campaign in the top four, while it’s a 7500/1 shot that the Cherries do the unthinkable and win the league.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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