As if Bournemouth didn’t need a further boost, Friday lunchtime has seen Eddie Howe announced as October’s Premier League manager of the month.
Callum Wilson was given his first England call on Thursday and with the club sitting in sixth place, what better time than this for Newcastle to play them…
October saw the Cherries win 3-0 at Fulham and 4-0 at Watford, as well as a 2-1 home victory over Palace. The only points dropped in a home derby with Southampton that finished goalless.
Although it didn’t count towards the award, just to add to the positivity Bournemouth also beat Norwich last month to advance to the last eight of the League Cup.
As for Newcastle, performances improved up to a point in October, the unlucky defeat at Man Utd after leading 2-0, a 1-0 defeat to Brighton despite controlling most of the play, then the battling goalless draw at Southampton.
You have to admire the ambition of the club as they embarrass Mike Ashley with the way they approach the transfer market and back Eddie Howe.
Hopefully this latest award will only add to the moment when Newcastle take all three points on Saturday…
Also today, the second tier winner was announced, our old mate Steve McClaren winning that one as he has done wonders so far at cash strapped QPR.
Bournemouth Official Announcement:
Eddie Howe has won the Barclays Premier League Manager of the Month for October.
The accolade comes after the Cherries were unbeaten in four top flight games, winning three and drawing one.
Impressive results include a 4-0 win over Watford at Vicarage Road, as well as a 3-0 victory over Slaviša Jokanović’s Fulham.
Howe has pipped Pep Guardiola, Chris Hughton and Maurizio Sarri to the award, which was presented with all first-team staff present.
It is the 40-year-old’s third Manager of the Month award, having also won the accolade in March 2017 and January 2018.
Following the presentation, Howe spoke of his delight.
“It’s a really nice feeling,” he said.
“I’m really proud of the team, the players, the staff and the supporters. It’s a good thing to achieve in the Premier League because a good month can go a long way.
“It’s been a good start to the season.
“I think we’ve had a really good pre-season. We looked at all aspects of it and tried to redefine it and that’s potentially been game-changing for us.”
A combination of public votes and a panel of football experts decided October’s winner this week.