Eddie Howe has left Bournemouth after their relegation from the Premier League with the 42-year-old penning an emotional message to fans. Bournemouth confirmed the news on Saturday night, saying Howe left by mutual consent.
Howe managed the Cherries for more than 450 games over two spells on the south coast.
He made the decision with Bournemouth chiefs on Saturday after their relegation to the Championship.
Howe posted an emotional letter to fans after his exit.
In it, 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.
“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 kept Bournemouth in League Two after taking over in 2008, despite joining the club when they were on -17 points.
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He then guided them to League One before joining Burnley for a brief spell.
Howe returned to Bournemouth and guided them to the Premier League, where they impressed for four years before their dismal season last time out.
Bournemouth chief executive Neill Blake added: “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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