Eddie Howe left his coaching post at Bournemouth by mutual consent, following the club’s relegation to Championship. A 3-1 win over Everton in Howe’s last game in charge on July 26 was not enough to save the club from relegation, ending a five-season stint in the Premier League.
Howe, 42, has managed Bournemouth for more than 450 matches in two terms that span England’s four professional divisions.
“Having spent a total of 25 years with the club as a player and manager, this decision – taken by mutual agreement – is one of the most difficult I have ever had to make.”, said Howe, who has made more than 300 appearances for the Cherries as a player, in an open letter to fans.
“However, 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 take a new direction. Bournemouth will always be in my heart, but I firmly believe that the time has come for the club to change direction.
“I have always made sure that every decision I made as a manager was in the best interests of the club and its supporters, and it was no different.”
Howe first took over interim Bournemouth in December 2008, when the club started with 17 penalty points in League Two.
When Eddie Howe first took charge of Bournemouth, they were second-bottom in League Two 😟
He won promotion through all four tiers of the English pyramid 📈
And took them from 91st out of 92 clubs to their highest-ever finish of ninth in the Premier League 🤯
Respect 👏 pic.twitter.com/HK8lCujsHd
— Goal (@goal) August 1, 2020
He then managed to keep the team at the end of the season, before being promoted to the next. To the point of attracting the attention of other teams. In January 2011 he joined Burnley but left Turf Moor to return to the south coast less than two years later.
Two new promotions in three seasons, and Bournemouth arrived in the Premier League thanks to attacking football defended by Eddie Howe.