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Sky Sports News reporter Mark McAdam reflects on Eddie Howe’s departure from Bournemouth

Sky Sports News reporter Mark McAdam reflects on Eddie Howe’s departure from Bournemouth

Eddie Howe has left his post as manager of Bournemouth by mutual consent.

After the Cherries’ relegation to the championship, Howe said ending his 25-year association with the club was “one of the toughest decisions I’ve ever had to make.”

“While the affection and love I have for this football club will always remain, we collectively believe that the time has come for the club to move in a new direction,” he said in a statement. open letter to club supporters.

“Bournemouth will always be in my heart, but I firmly believe the time has come for the club to change.

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“I have always made sure that every decision I made as a manager was in the best interest of the club and its supporters, and it is no different. ”

The 42-year-old was responsible for managing Bournemouth from Ligue 2 to the Premier League for the first time in club history in 2015.

He left the club to join Burnley after taking the Cherries to Ligue 1 in 2010, but returned to the South Coast to lead them to the Championship in 2013 and into the top flight two years later, where they had been firmly established until this season.

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

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

“Myself, our owner Maxim Demin and the gratitude and appreciation of the Board of Directors for Eddie’s accomplishments cannot and will never be underestimated.

Howe led Bournemouth from the fourth tier of English football to the Premier League

Howe led Bournemouth from the fourth tier of English football to the Premier League

“A decision like this cannot be taken lightly, which is why it has been discussed at length together in recent days. It’s even more difficult given our close personal friendship.

“We wish Eddie the best of luck with all the future holds and hope he has some well-deserved and well-deserved time with his family. ”

Howe – a former Bournemouth player who has played for the club more than 300 times – is leaving Bournemouth after handling more than 450 games and securing the ninth highest league place on record in 2017.

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Eddie Howe was in a thoughtful mood after Bournemouth’s final Premier League game on July 26.

Eddie Howe was in a thoughtful mood after Bournemouth’s final Premier League game on July 26.

Harry Redknapp: Howe worked a miracle in Bournemouth

Harry Redknapp told Sky Sports…

“It was disappointing at the end, but it was a miracle what they accomplished. People forget that they were in the third and fourth division for a hundred years and suddenly they are in the Premier League.

“The stadium capacity is 11,400 – it’s just amazing what they’ve accomplished. For five years, they weren’t in a relegation battle, which is incredible. “

Eddie Howe and Callum Wilson look dejected after Bournemouth relegation from the Premier League

Eddie Howe and Callum Wilson look dejected after Bournemouth relegation from the Premier League

Bournemouth in uncharted waters

Sky Sports News reporter Mark McAdam reflects on Howe’s departure and what kind of manager could replace him …

“They were relegated, which was a big disappointment and when you looked at Eddie Howe’s behavior and the way he acted after that disappointment and the way he spoke to the media, he said that ‘ was the most he had ever hurt while he had been. associated with the football club.

“We know how passionate he is. He gave his all to this job and gave fans and players the most memorable moments.

“Bournemouth is in uncharted territory. Before 2014 they had only been in the league in the late 1980s. To have been in the Premier League for five years when the caliber of manager they could now attract would be very different from what they could have been able to attract. . to attract a few years ago.

“I think the most important thing is to find someone who understands the community spirit of the club, understands what it means for the fans and how important it is to play the right style of football. A manager who can come in, knows the league and a manager who can play the right offensive style of football and someone who can galvanize the club. ”

Cherries captain Steve Cook played under Eddie Howe for eight years

Cherries captain Steve Cook played under Eddie Howe for eight years

Cook pays tribute to Howe

Bournemouth defender Steve Cook paid tribute to Howe for making a childhood dream come true.

“I can’t really put into words the emotions of the past week,” Cook tweeted. “Now tonight adds to the ‘end of an era’.

“I can’t quite say it but I can only thank the manager. He gave me the chance to play in the Premier League, which is every boy’s dream. Eight amazing years I spent under him and something I couldn’t imagine changing.

“Two promotions, a championship winner’s medal and five years in the best league in the world. Thanks for the memories. “

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