Eddie Howe insists the players who have steered Bournemouth to the Championship title will get their chance to shine in the top-flight next season.
The Cherries secured their place in the 2015/16 Premier League on Monday evening, when they eased to a 3-0 win against Bolton Wanderers. Following that win Howe immediately set his sights on winning the title outright, something they could only do if they won at Charlton Athletic on Saturday afternoon and leaders Watford failed to beat Sheffield Wednesday at home.
Bournemouth made light work of their own task as they stormed into a 2-0 lead at the Valley after just 12 minutes of play, before they wrapped the points up with a late third. By this time the Hornets were also heading towards another win which would take them to the title, but in yet another twist to this sensational season the Owls grabbed a last minute leveller.
So the Cherries were able to lift the Championship title before embarking on their summer break, which isn’t likely to last too long for Howe and the club’s board as they consider what they need to do to ensure they are competitive in the top-flight. But speaking after the 3-0 win at Charlton, the Goldsands Stadium boss insisted his current players will be given their chance.
“You can see from my track record that the guys who have performed so well for us will get an opportunity to perform at the next level,” Howe is quoted on the BBC website. “I don’t believe in wholesale changes, I don’t believe in not giving players a chance to show whether they are good enough. Of course there will be subtle changes but the core group will remain the same.”
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