Eddie Howe leaves Bournemouth by mutual consent after Premier League relegation

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

The Cherries were relegated from the Premier League last weekend after a five-year stay in the top-flight, and Howe has decided to call time on what was his second spell at the Vitality Stadium.

Howe said: “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 has left Bournemouth after their relegation

“I have always ensured that every decision I have ever made as manager has been in the best interests of the club and its supporters, and this is no different.”

Howe was originally appointed as Cherries boss in December 2008 with the club on -17 points and bottom of the Football League.

He left for a brief spell at Burnley in January 2011, before returning in October 2012 and leading the club up the divisions.

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.

Bournemouth were relegated despite a win at Everton last weekend

“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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