Bournemouth
Bournemouth's 3-0 victory over Bolton has brought them close to a promotion to the Premier LeagueGetty

Championship club Bournemouth have all but secured their qualification into the Premier League next season after their 3-0 win over Bolton on Monday.

A loss against Charlton with a 20 goal margin can allow Middlesbrough to close the gap between the second placed team in the Championship and themselves, who are three points behind with a much depleted goal difference.

It has been a remarkable journey to the top for the club, who saw themselves struggle in league two seven years back. And manager Eddie Howe was ecstatic after the win and praised his team and the support staff for their undeterred support in their times of strife.

Russian owner Maxim Demin used his financial power to supplement the rise, which was inevitable, given their situation at that point. However, other clubs in the Championship have outspent the Russian in terms of transfers and given his stance, it looks unlikely that the businessman would be looking to fund a club like Roman Abramovich did with Chelsea.

"It's been an amazing journey," said Howe after the win.

"This club was on its knees six or seven years ago. We had nothing, the bailiffs coming in every day, people not getting paid and being made redundant. But a group of supporters put their hands in their pockets to keep the club alive and they are reaping the rewards.

"It was always the fans who kept it going. I remember when I was a youth-team player, fans putting money in buckets at the Winter Gardens. To be in this position... it doesn't seem real. The loyal supporters who stayed with us need to savour this moment. All the hard work has been worth it.

"This is never a journey we expected to go on but, through hard work and some investment, we managed to do it. The players have been magnificent and it is an achievement they deserved.

"We have players with a special attitude who have given their hearts and souls to this club. And I've got to mention the owner Maxim Demin. You get nowhere at this level without investment but he has not only put his money into the club but also had the foresight and the innovation to try to improve things on and off the pitch," he concluded.