Howe: Bournemouth Season 'Club's Best Ever'
18 May 2016, 10:34
Bournemouth's manager says his team's first season in the Premier League is 'the best in the club's history'.
They've finished 16th after losing last night's re-arranged match at Old Trafford 3-1, having secured another year in the division weeks ago.
It followed Sunday's bomb scare, which led to the game being called off.
Speaking to the club website, Cherries boss Eddie Howe said:
"It's been a difficult couple of days which haven't been ideal for anyone connected with either club, but that's not an excuse as we were disappointing.
"The circumstance didn't help but that's not the excuse for the showing. They were a level above us in most departments, from our perspective we didn't make it as difficult for them as we could have.
"But the fans were absolutely magnificent. The travel, money and time they've given to come back is absolutely huge. For them to support us like they did in defeat was unbelievable, we're grateful to them."
"It has been a fantastic season, our first in the Premier League and we're still in the Premier League - that's all I need to say!" Howe added.
"That was our objective, it's been a historic year for everyone to remember for a very long time.
"But the hard work starts again very quickly, we have to be wise in the transfer market."
Bournemouth have also announced they've delayed the redevelopment of their stadium's South Stand this summer. It would add another 3,000 seats.
The club says the decision was made in relation to ongoing negotiations with the club’s landlord to purchase the stadium.
Meanwhile, chief executive Neill Blake has confirmed that season ticket and matchday ticket prices will be frozen for the 2016/17 Premier League campaign.
This means that the cheapest adult season ticket will remain at £550 and the lowest matchday ticket stays at £32 for a full paying adult. The only addition to the pricing structure is a new concessionary rate for supporters under the age of 21.
"As a board we are delighted to be able to freeze season ticket and matchday ticket prices for next season," Blake told afcb.co.uk.
"We have a commitment to our supporters to try and keep football affordable and hopefully this shows that they have been at the forefront of our thinking when deciding the pricing for the next campaign.
"The board is delighted with the progress made on the pitch this season and is looking forward to a successful second season in the Premier League with the continued loyal support of our fans."