It is safe to say the eyebrows were raised when Eddie Howe made the decision to leave Championship Burnley to move back to League One Bournemouth in October.
Not only this, Bournemouth were in the League One relegation zone at the time after a terrible start to the season.
However, fast forward 6 months and Howe and Bournemouth are celebrating a remarkable promotion to the Championship, for only the 2nd time in the clubs history.
Saturday’s club record breaking 8th win in a row against Carlisle, coupled with Doncaster and Brentford failing to win meant the Cherries had secured automatic promotion with a game to spare.
Doncaster and Brentford play each other on the last day meaning that both teams cannot catch Bournemouth.
As news filtered down to the south coast that results had gone their way and that they had indeed been promoted, players and fans alike began to celebrate.
I’m delighted for the Bournemouth people and the supporters who have stuck with this club through thick or thin.
It completes a remarkable turnaround for Howe who left Bournemouth for Burnley in January 2011.
Now the 2 clubs will be playing each other in the Championship next season, justifying his controversial decision to leave the Clarets.
Howe has ordered his side to go out and make sure they win the title on the last day of the season. The Cherries visit out of form Tranmere knowing a win will crown them champions.
This could be the start of an exciting period for the club with them today announcing plans to expand the capacity of their ground Dean Court.
With 35 year old Eddie Howe at the helm, I have no hesitation in predicting Bournemouth can survive in the Championship next season.