Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe has been named the npower League 1 Manager of the Month for April.

Though they may be disappointed to have missed out on the League 1 title, Howe's men had another month to remember, winning four and drawing just the once to ensure a near-perfect finish to the season.

Like Brian Flynn and Doncaster Rovers, the Cherries can now look forward to playing in the Championship next year.

Speaking about Howe's win, panel member Alan Curbishley said: "Eddie Howe made a fantastic impact following his appointment at Bournemouth and his team's form in April was a vital ingredient which ensured they will now be playing Championship football next season."

Commenting from npower, Partnership and Sponsorship Manager Katy Thomas added: "Eddie Howe has been an absolute revelation in his return to the south coast and this final month really showed why the Cherries deserve to be playing Championship football next season."

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