Eddie Howe leaves Bournemouth following the club’s relegation from Premier League

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Bournemouth and Eddie Howe have parted ways following the club’s relegation from the Premier League.

The Cherries were consigned to the Championship on the final day of the 2019/20 season after five seasons in the top-flight.

Howe’s long association with Bournemouth is over

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Howe’s long association with Bournemouth is over

Having held talks with Bournemouth officials over the weekend, Howe declared the time is right for a change following two spells as manager spanning more than 450 games and over 11 years.

In an open letter to fans, Howe wrote: “Having spent a total of 25 years with the club as both a player and a manager, this decision – made together with the club – is one of the hardest I’ve ever had to make.

“However, although the affection and love I have for this football club will always remain, we collectively feel that now is the right time for the club to go in a new direction.

“Bournemouth will always be in my heart, but I firmly believe that now is the right time for the club to have a change.”

Howe racked up 300 appearances as a player for Bournemouth before going on to become manager at the age of just 31.

When he took over at the club they were in League Two, and on -17 points, and just about managed to escape relegation out of the Football League.

He took them up to League One and left for a brief stint at Burnley before returning to the south coast club in 2012.

Promotion soon followed to the Championship before they went up to the top flight for the first time in their history in 2015.

They achieved a ninth place finish in the 2016/17 campaign and became an established Premier League club.

But this season has been a disaster with money spent on big signings not paying off and the club losing 22 of their 38 games to finish 18th in the table, one point adrift of safety.

Howe had been Bournemouth boss for 12 years in two stints

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Howe had been Bournemouth boss for 12 years in two stints

AFC Bournemouth chief executive, Neill Blake, said: “Eddie Howe is synonymous with this football club, both as a player and a manager, and that will never change.

“He is quite simply an AFC Bournemouth legend, having helped transform the identity and history of the club.

“Myself, our owner Maxim Demin and the board’s gratitude and appreciation for Eddie’s achievements cannot and will never be underestimated.

“A decision like this cannot be taken lightly, which is why this has been discussed together at length over the past few days. It is even harder given our close personal friendship.

“We wish Eddie well for whatever the future holds and hope he enjoys some much-deserved and well-earned time with his family.”






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