Eddie Howe has been crowned Premier League Manager of Month for October after Bournemouth’s hugely impressive start to the campaign.
Cherries boss Howe beat off stiff competition from Pep Guardiola, Chris Hughton and Maurizio Sarri to scoop the coveted award following a series of three wins and one draw in four matches.
Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe has been named Premier League Manager of the Month for October and was presented with the award on Wednesday as he posed with 39 colleagues
Howe’s high-flying Bournemouth are currently in sixth place in the Premier League table
2018-19 MANAGER OF THE MONTH WINNERS SO FAR
August: Javi Gracia (Watford)
September: Nuno Espirito Santo (Wolves)
October: Eddie Howe (Bournemouth)
‘It’s a really nice feeling,’ he said after being presented with the award. ‘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.’
Howe came out on top in a process that combines public votes with the opinions of an expert panel of judges, including a number of former players.
The 40-year-old’s award tops off a particularly successful week for Bournemouth. On Thursday, striker Callum Wilson was also named in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the upcoming games against USA and Croatia.
In a good week for Bournemouth, striker Callum Wilson (pictured) was called up by England
‘I’m delighted for Callum and his family,’ Howe told reporters at a press conference on Friday. ‘It’s fully deserved in my opinion and I’m delighted he’s been paid back for the mental strength he’s shown.
‘He faced those moments on the sidelines with courage. Never a day did I see him down, which is sometimes very difficult.
‘I think Callum is a very positive and a very driven person. He’s really well liked by his team-mates, so I’m sure they’re delighted for him.’
Howe and Bournemouth will be looking to continue their impressive early season form when they face struggling Newcastle on Saturday.