Bournemouth chairman Jeff Mostyn is confident the club will be able to keep hold of manager Eddie Howe with the side now on the verge of being promoted to the top flight.
The Cherries secured a 3-0 win over Bolton on Monday night to give themselves a three-point cushion over third-placed Middlesbrough. Their place in the Premier League is now all but confirmed, with Boro needing a nineteen goal swing in goal difference to finish second.
Bournemouth were close to liquidation back in 2008, before they just avoided relegation from League Two in 2009 thanks to Howe. He then guided the club to League One the year after, before leaving the club to join Burnley.
After returning from the Clarets, he has now guided them to the big time and Mostyn insists he is the best young English manager in the game.
He told Sky Sports News HQ: “The more I big him up the more people have a desire to take him on board. But I also said I knew his desire was to manage a Premier League club and that miracle has happened, and I always did say that that club would be AFC Bournemouth.
“We didn’t expect it to happen so quickly but here is a young man who is dedicated to the club. He has been here since he was 10 and now that we are in the Premier League I think he will go from strength to strength.
“I cannot see him wanting to leave his football club, his family and his home to go onto another club where he may be vulnerable.”