Cherries will not abandon 'principles' in top flight, vows Howe
Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe says he will not truly believe his club have been promoted to the Premier League until next season's fixture list is published, confirming that Arsenal, Chelsea and the other giants of English football will be visiting the modest Goldsands Stadium.
"We had it the same when we went from League One to the Championship (in 2013)," he said. "It felt real with the fixtures, and then it was down to work.
"So it won't feel real until we see who we have. And then it will be a case of, not swearing, but concentrating on getting some points. When you've had the journey we've had you can't fear it.
"There'll be some hard times, no doubt. It'll be very difficult. But we'll try and make the most of every opportunity we have."
The first fixture he will look out for is Bournemouth's visit to Goodison Park.
"I was a big Everton fan in my early years, born and raised in Watford so Watford were my local team until 10 or 11 when I moved down (here)," he recalled.
Howe also confessed that he had not believed that promotion to the top flight for the first time in Bournemouth's 116-year history, all but confirmed by Monday evening's 3-0 victory over Bolton Wanderers, was feasible. "Honestly, I didn't," he said.
Howe promised that he would not abandon his belief in the passing football that has paid off so handsomely.
"I don't think we'd forsake our principles," he said.
"If you could guarantee me success playing a different way, being more direct, crossing the balls earlier, etc, we'd look at it.
"But it doesn't guarantee you success. In the Premier League, the best way to win is to dominate the ball.
"It'll be more difficult, but why not? We've proved this season we're a good team. We'll carry on like that."
Only seven of his squad have played in the Premier League before - Adam Smith only once, as a substitute for Tottenham - so Howe knows that he will have to show more of the transfer nous that brought in this season's top scorer Callum Wilson from Coventry City last summer.
"We'll try and do what we do and improve things," he said. "It took us time to adjust in the Championship and, when we did, confidence grew. This will be tougher.
"Some of the players are ready, no doubt. Sometimes players surprise you, step up to the plate, others will struggle. We'll see how they adapt." (© Independent News Service)