EDDIE Howe says the early relegations of Huddersfield Town and Fulham show just how tough life is in the Premier League.

Both sides fell through the trap door back into the Championship still with more than a month of the season to go after amassing just 14 and 17 points respectively so far.

Many pundits tipped Fulham to enjoy life back in the top flight after their attacking style drew praise on their way to promotion last season. They then splashed out over £100million on new recruits in the summer.

But, as Howe told the Daily Echo: “Spending money is no guarantee of success.

“You could spend whatever amount you wanted, it doesn’t guarantee you anything.

“You still need a good group of professionals, hard work and a little bit of lady luck in there as well to get results.

“We’ve seen with the two relegations how hard this league is.”

Having survived one season in the Premier League, Huddersfield’s plight has been marked with just three wins all campaign this time round.

Asked whether their decline highlights how well Cherries did to navigate through their early top-flight years, Howe said: “I’ve always said I don’t consider ourselves established.

“I think the minute you consider yourself in that position, that’s when difficulties can arise.

“We still have to finish this season off to consolidate our position again and I think every year that we’re able to do that has to be viewed as a success.”