Eddie Howe

10 years since AFC Bournemouth went into administration

It’s 10 years to the day since AFC Bournemouth went into administration.

The club now lie ninth in the Premier League – a position many would have deemed unthinkable in 2008.

A remarkable turnaround has seen the Cherries emerge from those dark days to become a regular fixture in English football’s highest division.

It’s been an incredible journey.

A 10-point deduction in February 2008 saw the club launched deep into the mire and relegation to League Two ensued.

More sanctions for failing to follow insolvency rules meant the Cherries started the 2008-2009 season on -17 points, and non-league football beckoned.

However, a late Steve Fletcher goal against Grimsby Town meant that the side led by a young manager named Eddie Howe would just about survive.

Howe’s appointment in January 2009 saw him become the youngest manager in the Football League, but he hasn’t looked back since.

The club’s fortunes off the pitch started to mirror those on the grass as well.

A consortium fronted by local businessman Jeff Mostyn bought out the club and things began to steadily improve, culminating in the AFC Bournemouth that we know today.

Fast forward to 2018 and the south coast side are flying.

The club recently invested in a multi-million pound training complex and are rumoured to be looking to upgrade their stadium.

2008 must seem a long time ago for Cherries fans.




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