Eddie Howe leaves Bournemouth after relegation to Premier League | Football News

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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.

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

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.

“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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