Eddie Howe leaves Bournemouth following Premier League relegation.
A 3-1 win against Everton in Howe’s final game was not enough to save the club from relegation and now the Bournemouth manager is leaving on mutual consent.
The 42-year-old was responsible for managing Bournemouth from League Two right the way up to the Premier League for the first time in the club’s history in 2015.
“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,” Howe, who made in excess of 300 appearances for the Cherries as a player, told fans in an open letter.
“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 foe 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.”